Single Life: Party of Three
Written by: Anonymous
I take a lot of pride in standing on my own two feet as a divorced, working mom. I've learned to do a lot of things alone, and I embrace most of them.
I am the master of my house. I pay the bills, make the meals and take out the trash. I do homework, laundry, baths and bedtime. Honestly, I did most of this when I was married too.
But, I just had a first that knocked the wind out of my sails a bit. Our first big 'family' vacation. It's one of the first times since divorce I've really craved a partner.
Someone to sit with on the balcony after the kids go to bed. Someone to reminisce about the day with. Someone to tap when I'm done playing 'Marco Polo' and just can't handle being dunked one more time. Someone to hold hands with on the beach.
There are just some things you can't do alone.
But, as the week went along, I re-discovered my kids. I heard them genuinely laugh more than I had in a year. Oh, what a sound! I put down my book and swam with them all day. I even let them dunk me 1,000 times.
I was reminded how important this quest for a partner is not just for me, but for them. This person can't just fill a void. They have to add value to all of our lives and love us without abandon.
My kids really need me right now. Being their mom is my most important job.
I am not alone.
I belong to a party of three.