My parents separated and divorced when I was very young. When I was a kid, sometimes my friends would ask me for advice after their parents divorced, but I had no advice to give. It was the only life I had ever known, which was probably to my advantage, because I didn’t know what I was missing out on.
Of course, now that I’m older and have my own family (and having gone through a divorce too), and I have a better concept on what a traditional nuclear family is like and the advantages of that. However, I also have a better understanding of the benefits of blended family. For example, you get exposed to many more things and can become a more rounded person. My mom taught me to garden. My dad introduced me to computers. My stepmother showed me the importance of cooking and family meals. Without these three people, I wouldn’t be the person I am today.
And neither would Chris. Like most people in relationships, I’ve shared with him the things that I love and feel passionately about, and after learning about them, he often feels the same way. One particular thing that we both love is Crystal Louisiana Hot Sauce. Crystal is a brand of hot sauces manufactured in southern Louisiana, where my stepmother has roots. She introduced me to it when I was young, and I introduced Chris when we started dating. Recently, much to my horror, my local grocery store stopped carrying it. Luckily, we were already planning to go to New Orleans about a week after we ran out. Instead of checking other markets in my area, I decided I’d just stock up while down in the bayou. It wasn’t until I went searching that I discovered that Crystal makes an Extra Hot Hot Sauce, which is most definitely not available in the Nashville Metro Area, and at $.75 a piece at the Slidell Walmart, we stocked up.
All this to say, thank you, Crystals for making the best hot sauce ever. And thank you, Deborah, for bringing it into my life.