Just One Me

I am not one parent doing the job of two. I am just one parent doing my job. I do not need congratulations or approval for filling the shoes of a second parent. There isn’t another pair of shoes, just mine. I don’t need to be acknowledged on Father’s Day. I’m not a dad, just a mom.

I do feel super human frequently but I’m also fallible. (I’ve got that tattooed on my chest so I don’t forget it.) I rise to the challenges of being a single mom. I chose this path. I pat my own back when I complete feats of superhuman strength, endurance, patience, and love. My pride is intrinsic.

Somedays, I don’t know how I do it. But I do and I keep doing it. The rewards are in the details, the moments between.

Somedays, I wonder how it could be different if I had chosen a different path. I can see the benefits but I wouldn’t change it. I wonder how it will all keep changing, how it will change me.

Saying a single mom does the job of mom and dad (or mom) is asinine like saying you give 110%. Just try to do that math…

I’m just one me.

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About JennP

Single mom by choice, lesbian, natural living, parenting, car free, Chicago.Thank you for reading and feel free to leave a comment!
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3 Responses to Just One Me

  1. Lindsay says:

    Amen! I completely agree. I’m not “mom and dad”. I’m mom. End of story. Our job is freakin’ hard. But we’re both rocking it if I do say so myself.

  2. Maybe it’s because we don’t have someone else to put down by saying we are them too?

  3. I have mad respect for single moms. Especially by choice moms. I don’t know if I could do it. The single moms “pulling dad duty too” thing has always confused me. Seems silly. Keep on keeping on and being a kick ass mom!

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