I dedicate this Mother’s Day post to single Mom’s Everywhere
But most of all to my beautiful friend Carmen. One of my favorite single Mom’s.
She is a selfless human being. It may not look like it from the outside, but it overwhelms you the moment you walk into her little house. You can almost see her tough outer exterior peel away as she engages with her two children. Carmen melts into her family, like no other Mother I have seen. Her face changes, somehow becoming softer when those children look at her. She is an incredible Mom.
Carmen’s 13-year-old daughter is one of the sweetest teenage girls I have ever met. The relationship between these two ladies is undeniably soulful. Carmen puts everything she has into raising her daughter right, and it shows. It isn’t easy raising a teenager under any circumstance, let alone being a single Mom.
The thing is Carmen doesn’t just raise a teenage daughter to this high standard. She also has a five-year-old son. Ryder. Watching Carmen connect with Ryder is something out of this world. The amount of patience Carmen has is astonishing, again not only for any Mom, but a single Mom.
Carmen is a hard worker, talented writer, and she has a heart-of-gold . It’s that heart she hides from most of the world (She’s going to kill me). Not everyone gets to see her in her pure form, and I don’t blame her, she has been through a lot of shit.
What you don’t know, is Carmen’s son Ryder is non-verbal autistic, with a neurological brain disorder. And let me tell you she rocks this single-parenting-thing with that on her plate. She amazes me daily.
What you don’t get to see in Carmen when she writes, or even when she is just out and about, is the purest form of love and acceptance in her children. These emotions come out when you see her interact with these two gorgeous kids. The love she has for her family of three is what drives her, and I am one of the lucky ones she lets in to be a part of it.
Being a Mom is tough, but being a single Mom is a completely different world. Carmen proves to me every day that people are strong through adversity. The truth is Carmen is the book that you can’t judge by its cover.
I think we need to stand up and cheer for the single Mom. These women are raising the villages’ children, sometimes without the same support we have. I say we need to applaud these Women, hold our hands out to them and give them all the support necessary for them to succeed.
Thank you to all the Single Mom’s out there for the hard work you do every day. You are raising our future leaders. Your hard work, sweat, and tears are appreciated; we love you!