We’ve passed a lot of milestones in my house lately, most related to stages in my children’s lives. Even while welcome and anticipated, I’ve found them unsettling — to my routine, my pocketbook, my psyche. But through it all, I’ve had my husband at my back. He takes over when I need a break, possess knowledge and skills from which we all benefit, and most important of all, makes the rest of us laugh when we become too intense.
I’ve never been so conscious of what he brings to the family until he became unavailable because of work, and the proverbial shiitake mushrooms hit the frying pan.
We’re talking about five pounds’ worth, guys. Enough the resulting smoke set off the fire alarm, oil flew all over the kitchen, people slipped… It might be a slight exaggeration to say that broken limbs ensued, but you get the picture. Our lives were askew.
That got me to thinking about how much I take for granted. There are parents out there who walk this solitary path every. Single. Day. How do they manage so well? Produce well-adjusted, contributing members of society while maintaining their own sanity? Frankly, I haven’t a clue.
That’s why I’m declaring today Tartitude’s Salute to Single Parents Day.*
To those of you who deal with single parenthood on a day-by-day basis, whether due to death, divorce, choice, war, whatever: I applaud your efforts.
To those of you who are non-custodial parents, but who work to maintain a close relationship with your kids, including moral and financial support of their custodial parents: I commend you.
To those of you who support single parents on their trying journey: you are some mighty good peeps. 🙂
How about you? Any single parents in your life you’d extol as heroes or heroines? Are you walking this path and does anyone ever tell you how awesome you are?
And just for the heck of it, while you write your answers, I’m going to enjoy Hollywood’s idea of how hard a single parents can work to ensure their children’s wellbeing. If you have a better movie to recommend, I’d love to hear about it:
*March 21 is the official Single Parents Day, but I’ve never heard of that. Have you?