Although divorce is common and accepted as the norm in our society, this was not always the case. In the 70's growing up, I only had one or two friends with divorced parents. It was the norm to have parents who were married in the community I grew up in.
Today, I feel very fortunate that I never had to grow up as a child of divorce (the stigma of adoption was enough, thank you!) Of course, as a sheltered child growing up in the 70's, thoughts about divorce rarely entered my mind. I grew up in one house in one school district with one set of parents. I was the oldest child and my younger brother, Scott, was adopted when I was three years old. In our suburban neighborhood in Ohio, we walked to school from kindergarten to fifth grade without fear of strangers. We had wonderful friends in a safe neighborhood where we played Kick the Can and Ghost in the Graveyard.