Single Parents: I Bow to You

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It’s official, I’m a lightweight.  I would hereby pledge to never do anything to ever annoy my partner so much as to leave me for even as much as a week if:  1. It was healthy, 2.We could ever make such promises and be assured of our ability to keep them.

I was a single mom for one weekend.  At one point, my kitchen sink looked like this:

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While my kitchen table looked like this:

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The living room floor looked a bit like this:

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I cleaned, some, bribed the kids with extra allowance, and then my kitchen sink looked like this (who’s rocking it):

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And my table looked like this (woo hoo):

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The living room floor, however, looked worse.  Still, that and two loads of laundry, kids fed, antibiotics to both administered (strep throat) and wife (who had a minor procedure that still knocked her on her butt) at least somewhat cared for (I think I remembered to bring her meds once or twice).

I felt good about myself as I laid my head to sleep.  But then I had to rinse and repeat.

And rinse and repeat.

We all survived, imperfectly.  I am more exhausted returning to work than when I left it last week.  But I have grown from it, in gratitude I have grown greatly.  I love you Natacha, I’m honored to have you by my side.

To every single parent out there who doesn’t get to call “mercy” at the end of a weekend and be rejoined by their partner in projects never-ending, you just rock.  I wish I had a more eloquent way to say it.  Rock on, and wear your pride as a badge of honor.  With two, it’s plenty hard enough.  I bow to you.

3 comments on “Single Parents: I Bow to You”

  1. Sharlene being a single.mom isnt easy by any means u have.school.events then extra activities work baby sitters house to.maintain but when that lil girl looks.at me and says mommy ur.my hero ! It makez it all worth it ! I learned sometimes its ok to get to.certain things later ur only one person. Lol it can be overwhelming tho..bribing the kids with extra chore $$ is always good.

  2. Nice homage, Sharlene. I’ve been both, and although the single parent gig can be tough, it has its moments of supreme joy, despite the inevitable mess!

    1. Thanks for that perspective. I think that’s part of what so amazes and humbles me, perspective and being able to take it all in, even when the demands are “doubled.”

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