This week, many of us will gather with our families (chosen or otherwise) and share what we’ve been grateful for this past year. And when we hear the words family and gratitude, our minds naturally turn to the Greek and Roman pantheons and their demigod children. Right?
So, let’s find out what they have to be thankful for in 2022.
“I’m glad Mom finally agreed to dye the turkey and stuffing blue this year!”
“I’m psyched that I’m finally going to see Calypso this week! Her schedule has so been packed lately. It’s been a little while since we’ve had real quality time together.”
“I’m grateful for the fact that my wonderful daughter Annabeth has been absolutely thriving at New Rome University. Do you want to see her latest transcript? No? How about these brilliant temple schematics she designed for her architecture class? This thoughtful essay she wrote on the economic impact of the international limestone trade in the Mediterranean region? Gods, I am just so unbelievably proud. . .
“You’ll tell her to call me if you see her, yes?”
“Though certain people don’t understand why, I’m thankful I get to spend the fall and winter with Hades. The upper world can get tiresome after a while. And at least he doesn’t judge me about how I choose to spend my time.”
“I’m thankful that my daughter Persephone is still so happy wasting half the year in that dark, dreary, leaky cellar known as the Underworld. I’m also thankful I have many other children to spend this week with. Maybe I’ll give that young Morgan McCaffrey a buzz.”
“What did she just call me? Morgan?! Ugh! Whatever. I have better things to do, like order Apollo around. I’m thankful that at least one god remembers my name!”
“I’m grateful that my lovely sister and her Hunters have invited Meg and me into their forest home this week. Even if their ‘turkey’ is really a bean curd and veggie loaf. Could all that talk of ‘hunting’ be just for show? Don’t tell her I said that!”
“I’m thankful that blue food coloring doesn’t actually work on turkey and stuffing. But let’s keep that between us for now. Percy doesn’t need to know right away . . .”
“Wait! I’m changing my answer. She cancelled on me again. Something about a ‘trombone-related emergency’ at her school. So, instead, I’m thankful for the loyalty of giant mechanical dragons. At least they never flake out on you.”
“I’m thankful to be spending this week with my children: Akhlys, Thanatos, Keres, Hypnos, Arai, Moros, Oizys . . . Soon, with our combined might, we shall cover the mortal world in perpetual darkness, strike down our foes without mercy, and finally assume our rightful place on Mount Olympus.
“Either that or catch a Broadway show. But only if we can secure a group discount worthy of our power.”
We at Read Riordan are thankful for all the gods and demigods who took time out from their respective family dramas to speak with us, and for you, as always, for being such loyal readers.
Which gods and demigods would you invite to your dinner table? Be sure to let us know!