Gratitude among Bluffton youth covers wide range
Amy Coyne Bredeson
The children of Bluffton are thankful for their families, friends, food on the table, video games and, yes, even school.
Kaylee Hurst, 8, is thankful she is homeschooled. Her younger sister Molly, 6, is thankful that God "made a way for us to get to Heaven."
Rachel Nix, 12, is grateful she is able to go to school because not all children have that basic right. She is also thankful for her church and youth group.
She shows her gratitude by being kind to people and thanking God.
"You need to be thankful for what you have because if you end up losing everything, you're going to realize that when you did have all the amazing things, you didn't thank people in your life for them or thank God," Rachel said. "You kind of don't realize how grateful you should've been until you lost it."
Josie Lidie, 14, is thankful for being able to run on the crosscountry team at Bluffton High School, where she is a freshman. She's also thankful that her brother chose to stay close to home and attend college at University of South Carolina Beaufort.
Nine-year-old EmmaKate McMahon is thankful that she and her family stayed safe during Hurricane Irma.
William Zendzian, also 9, is thankful for his parents.
"I'm thankful for my mom because she makes me lunch and dinner," William said. "She buys stuff for me; she's a second Santa. She's nice. She's kind to me. She loves snuggles. And my dad lets me play video games. He's a really nice dad."
A ninth grader at May River High School, Luke Locascio, 15, has been working on a project in English class that has made him appreciate his life more.
For the project, students were asked to research something that is corrupt in the modern world. Luke chose to research teenage drug abuse.
"It really opened my eyes to how amazing my life really is," Luke said. "I'm doing all this research and (reading about) kids as young as 12 selling drugs on the street to make money."
Luke is thankful for having a loving, supportive family. He's also thankful that his mother has always stressed the importance of being grateful and showing gratitude toward others.
"This situation you're in right now - it is bad, yeah," Luke said. "But there are people who have it so much worse than you right now."
Amy Coyne Bredeson of Bluffton is a freelance writer, a mother of two and a volunteer with the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance.