I just survived a long weekend (Friday-Monday) without Kay, who went down to SoCal for her dad’s 75th birthday. Being a single parent is a lot of work! Even when the kids were in school on Friday and Monday, there was a lot to be done in the world of an at-home parent. You drop the kids off and think, “I’ve got all day,” but really you only have 6 hours. Go home, shower, eat breakfast (because you were busy earlier packing the kids’ lunches), clean up — and now you have 5 hours. And so the day goes. I am amazed that Kay manages to get anything done!
During the weekend proper, alone with the kids, I did discover that there is a pleasing rhythm to being a single parent. It’s a lot of work, but it’s very fulfilling and keeps you busy. Only when the kids got to bed and I actually had time to myself did I feel lost.
So hats off to all the at-home parents and single parents out there! You have the respect of this Mr. Mom. (But I sure am glad to have Kay back home.)