Sometimes it is just overwhelming to be a single mom. Not only is there work and the children to worry about, but also there are all those other annoying little things that need to be taken care of. They often fall into the categories of: “I have no idea what to do with that.” Or: “Isn’t that a guy’s job?”
Recently I had a multitude of things happen that ended up falling into those two categories. It started out mild enough. First my car had a flat tire. Then, I was driving down the freeway, and my back window fell out. Can you believe that? One second it was there and the next … gone! After that, someone pulled my registration sticker off my license plate, which the police ticketed me for, which resulted in me having to deal with the DMV, a truly scary place.
Things started escalating when my daughter jammed her barrette into the only key- hole of my car. My fridge went on protest and refused to work, and my lawyer decided to postpone my divorce proceedings because I guess two years is just not long enough to wait for freedom.
All these things accumulated, and I ended up in a puddle of tears, completely overwhelmed, and not knowing how to even muddle through the mess. Looking for some kind of way to bravely go on, I called a friend who guilted me, and told me I didn’t have it so bad and I needed to toughen up.
That made me want to fight back with all sorts of defenses, but instead I dialed another friend. This time the response I received was, “I am so sorry. My heart just goes out to single mothers. My mother was one and I know how tough it can be. You are so brave trying to handle all that on your own.”
With those few words I could go on. With those few words my pain eased. Yes, I still had the tasks in front of me, but somehow just having someone understand how scary, exhausting, and taxing being a single mom is was enough to ease my burden.
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