I've pretty much always been a glass half-full kinda gal myself. But just like anyone else, I have my days. As a single parent, it doesn't take much for me sometimes to feel sorry for myself. In fact, I feel like last week was one of those weeks...feeling a little too stressed and a little too alone to manage everything that was on my plate. I know I'm not alone. Everyone gets overwhelmed at times. But I think it's different if you're single and even more so if you're also a parent. When you've got a little person to look after, you don't have time to wallow. We have to wake up and glue a smile on our face because we've got someone that's relying on us. And that, my friends, is challenging!
In the words of best-selling author Angela Thomas in the introduction to her book, My Single Mom Life: Stories and Practical Lessons for your Journey, "All the other families seemed to be a man and a woman with some kids. Whole families...Never mind what kind of families they are in private; the families with a man in their pew look put together, and we are so obviously single. Many days the ache of that unfair comparison won't seem to go away. And being a single-mom family can make us feel that we're relegated to live a second-class life. Crippled. Limping. Just doing the best we can with the scraps that remain. Many times I feel the ache, but refuse to live like a crippled woman. I am a single mom. My children and I have been through it. But we've also been blessed beyond reason. I am choosing to live in the blessing."