To the single mom on Mother’s Day, I see you and you are enough.

Most of my 14 years of motherhood felt like Mother’s Day was spent alone, including some of the years I was married.

Every May, when the second Sunday in May comes around, I think of the women who are where I was in multiple places of my mother journey: scared, alone and envious of the moms with a supportive partner at home.

This year, I’ve written a letter to every single mother struggling to celebrate herself today, who feels inferior to the other families she sees.

When the flowers don’t come, when there are no “thank yous,” when there is no one posting our picture, I want us to remember where our gift truly lies.

To our kids, this is the life and this love is enough. So, we can raise our glass.

Dear, single mom on Mother’s Day

My 4-month-old son and I June of 2019.

Maybe you woke up a little early today to give yourself the gift of solitude. There is no one to tag in at the end of the day. It’s exhausting.

You might get a few minutes before feelings of inadequacy come flooding in. You are reminded of all the things you can’t do, never seeing all that you have. You wonder how a single-parent home is affecting your kids, who will be down in a matter of moments.

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