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May I Have a Glass of Sprite please?

August 23, 2023

As we were hanging out in the pool with our two little ones at the all-inclusive hotel in the Dominican Republic the server passed by and asked if we would like anything to drink. My husband and I said no thank you as we had ordered on the previous pass through and out of nowhere my three-year-old requested in his find voice “may I have a glass of sprite please” with the biggest smile on his face. Obviously very proud of himself for making his own order. My husband and I looked at each other and smiled. In that moment we felt a sense of accomplishment that cannot be explained.


Disclaimer: I should make it clear that no we do not usually give our kids soda, however the juices at the resort did not play very nice with their stomachs.


So, what gave us such a sense of accomplishment? Growing up, our circumstances did not allow us to take vacations. My mom was not able to do getaways. As a matter of fact, she rarely had a day off. So, the focus was providing the necessities that we needed such as food on the table, roof over heads and clothes on our backs. That is not to say we did not have fun experiences. My mother is very resourceful. Like any good mother she found every free program there was and signed us up. Which introduces us to a variety of things we would not otherwise have access to. But a trip where we all were together was not a luxury we could afford.


Now the fact that I can be on vacation with my family and my three-year-old can sit in the pool and order a glass of sprite shows how we have changed our family tree, our circumstances. We are truly blessed and are living our rich life.

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