Amanda made an excellent point in her comment on my suckiness post. How do single parents do it? How did my own Mom do it? Even before she was single, my Dad was always gone. As a boiler maker he was away far more often than he was home. She was a stay at home Mom. She managed to raise us up pretty decently (in my humble opinion), keep a clean house, and put a fantastic dinner on the table every night.
I don't think that I have ever appreciated her enough for that. Being a parent is a lot of work. And when you are doing it alone...it almost seems thankless sometimes. Because I assure you that after I tackle Princess H and manage to finagle a pony tail into her head she doesn't say, " Thanks Mom." No, not at all. I am sure that I never did either.
I think I am going to do a random act of kindness for my Mom today. Just to say thanks. I will think of something.
So to all of you single parents or stay at home parents or parents who feel like they are doing it all alone even when they aren't or heck, ALL parents (especially parents who are still waking up in the middle of the night to feed their babies and parents that are having their 3rd baby!!).
You rock. Keep up the good work. It is all worth it. One day they will appreciate everything that you are doing now.
The kids have seen Randy once since Sunday evening. He made it home by 8:30 on Wednesday and got to see them for 30 minutes. We miss him.