Gratitude Story from New York City

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If you wanted to send a thank-you note to someone in your life, who would it be, and what is one of your best memories of that person? Deepika Korani is a high school student from New York City. Her parents, like many other New Yorkers, are not from New York City, however. “My mom would definitely be the person I want to thank.” Deepika said, her braces adding to the bright and cheerful smile as she talked about her mother. “She grew up in India and she didn’t really care about school, mostly because she thought she would just live there—and that she would just be a housewife.” Deepika then took a moment to add that it was a common acceptance in India that a woman would become a housewife, and not to as expected to have a career like in America. “And then we moved here to New York City…and my brother went to college and she had to get a job as a preschool teacher.” Korani smiled, “I like the children she works with though, they love her so much and she loves teaching them! They always draw cute pictures and she brings them home sometimes to hang on the fridge and share with me and my brother.” She said, then continued. “But even though it seems great now, my mom had to enter something completely different and new at that time just to support us and stuff so …I’m really thankful for that everyday.” (NYC, USA)

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