Gloria Frederickson works as a Massage Therapist at My Happy Feet. When she isn’t working, she likes to go to movies and concerts, read, travel, and go for walks with her pre-teen daughter. They reside in the Chicago area.
“I love being a single mom. But I also have those days, just like married moms, where I don’t love being one.
When I meet other moms, I never really think about their status as being married or singleâ€¦until I am asked that infamous question, What does your husband do? That is usually the moment when I discover if they are going to stay calm or act like I have some sort of plaque.
Until recently, I never knew how much being a ‘Single Mom’ affected my daughter. My 12-year-old, who is going on 20, was recently invited to a friendâ€™s house for a sleepover. When I dropped her off, she told me that her friendâ€™s mom, “is also a single mom too! Isn’t that great!?”
This totally caught me off-guard.
â€œWhy is that so great?”
“Because she wants to meet you and is super excited that youâ€™re a single mom too!”
The mom greeted me outside, invited me in to chat, and was very friendly.
I drove home thinking about the other moms of my daughterâ€™s friends, and I realized that they usually don’t greet me at the door. And although, I never really cared or even noticed, my daughter does.
Some interactions are based on the busyness of life. I get that. But, still, my daughter sees how my single status creates a reaction of some kindâ€”good or bad.
If I could teach married moms anything, itâ€™s to remember that I am not the only one watching how you respond to me. My daughter is watching too, and although her identity is in God, she will form some of beliefs about herself based on those responses.
For her sake, Iâ€™ll do my best to start greeting you at the door, and I hope youâ€™ll return the favor.”
And the Passion cd and Wedding Night, by Sophie Kinsella, Giveaway Winner is…….
For those of you that know me, this is actually our family friend and babysitter, so I feel like I cheated. BUT I DIDNT! Blame the NAMES IN A HAT app… and the fact that Brooke tweeted, shared, and liked all day long.
Congrats Brooke. You know where to find me to claim your prize. I’ll be at the diaper-changing station.