One day isn’t enough… this year, we’re spending the weekend honoring those who have the toughest job on earth… Moms.
You’ve brought a life INTO the world, nurtured it, loved it, cried for it, and worried about it FROM day one… and will do so until you leave this world.
Of all the moms in the world, the single mom is probably the one I admire the most. There will be no husband there to serve her breakfast in bed, or buy an expensive gift, or take her out to dinner. No one to take the kids out so she can sleep late on “her day”… some may even have to go to work this weekend because they’re not only playing the role of mother *and* father, but they’re also the only source of income. They’re tough as nails, and their children will *always* come first.
A few that I admire are:
Kat – Raising her two boys single handedly. She’s constantly under attack by “armchair child specialists”, who criticize her for the smallest things they read in a post. When you get to know her, you learn she is far more than a post or two. She’s an incredible woman who has put her children above all, even her own health. A dear friend recently set up a site called HelpKat.Com. I can’t think of a better way to make her mother’s day by donating and helping her out. Believe me, she’s worth it.
Kimberly – In the “tough as nails” category, I’d say she’s in a league of her own. She’s lived a rough life, which she writes about on her site candidly and unapologetically. What’s happened has happened, it’s made her who she is… and in my opinion, a woman of incredible inner-strength that you have no choice but to admire. She’s currently kicking the toughest habit of them all… smoking. This proves once and for all, she’s tougher than I’ll ever be.
The Mighty T – Divorce has been exceptionally hellish for her. She’s had to give up a previous identity, while handing the URLs to all of the websites she manages to her ex’s attorney. While the charges have ranged FROM her choice to an alternative lifestyle, to claims that she has spends way too much time on the internet and web design to be a “proper mother”. A judge wouldn’t fall for the former, and the latter charge is preposterous. Her posts on her blog are few and far between. The timestamps on her posts are long after their bed time. It’s becomes apparent after a while that this is nothing more than a man tormenting what he can no longer control. An adult sexual preference does not have any bearings on what makes a woman “a good mother”. If given a choice between her children and the internet… it’ll be a sad day for the web, because I’m confident we’ll never hear FROM her again.
Tammie – I’ve known her to be nothing but sweet and supportive to every one of her friends. Raising her two little girls single handedly… and they’ll always come first in her life.
Klondike Kate – It wasn’t until tonight that I learned that she too is a single mom, and raised by a single mom as well. She writes “I don’t know how I did it, or how my mom did it. It all seems like a blur now”. It’s an easier-said-than-done simple answer: You’d be amazed what you can do… when you have to. If you ever read Kate reviews of someone, she goes the extra step and sees someone, deep inside their soul. She’s phenomenal.
There’s plenty more single moms out there. I hope you take a moment to take a bow here in the comments, or your friends get to pay tribute to you here or on their sites. Step moms, under-appreciated moms, mother-in-laws… moms of all kinds. DROP me a ping and share the love this weekend.
This weekend is dedicated to YOU. We salute YOU. And this song is dedicated to YOU.