‘Single Mom’

19 Jan

I refer to myself as a ‘single mom’ because I am divorced from the father of my two boys and I am not in a relationship with anyone as I don’t think imaginary ones really count, which means Zach Galifianakis is not REALLY my boyfriend. This pains me to write as much as it pains you to read, I assure you.

The term ‘single mom’ fits for me if you put it in the parameters above, but that really is about it. I am not a ‘single mom’ in the sense that their dad is not involved. He is very involved and he is a terrific dad. We get along well as people and as parents and we present a united front to the boys. They USUALLY know that there is no pitting us against each other, which is especially helpful as my 11 year old careens into his teens becoming increasingly more strong-willed by the day and my 8 is right on his heels.

As well as getting along with my ex, my boys and I (and my ex too of course) are extremely fortunate to have my ex’s girlfriend in our lives. Not only do I NOT hate her, I really like her, and enjoy her company. I know this is unusual and I’m not writing this to sound like I am bragging. I am writing this because who hasn’t heard horror stories from all sides concerned?  Ex’s hating each other, ex’s hating new significant others, significant others hating the ex’s and on and on and on.

By writing this I hoped to accomplish a couple of things. One, I wanted to explain what I mean when I refer to myself as a ‘single mom’ and two, I wanted to send out to the universe how grateful I am for this situation. It is the absolute best it could be.

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