Okay so it’s that time of the year again. Normally one should be overly excited and bouncing from store to store buying various gifts for various people. But if you are like me, a struggling single parent, this time of year can really get to you. Now before we start let me say I am not a materialistic person. I know the true meaning of Christmas and it has nothing to do with a fat white man passing out gifts. But with that being sad, this is 2012. I know no one who goes without buying at least one gift for the holidays. My main reason for writing this post is to vent for the single parents. The real hard workers out there who sacrifice every single day for their children. Who don’t have extra to spend on themselves. What about us?
I used to be very content with my boys just having gifts under the tree and me having a journal or five that had my name on it, but now I’m not. I think this started after I jokingly, but not really jokingly, asked my friend to buy me a certain bracelet from Tiffany’s. In the back of my mind, I knew that he would never do this, but hey it was worth a try. But then I began to think about it. Why don’t people take in to factor the parents? Yes, we are grown and shouldn’t put too much emphasis on material things, but hell I like stuff too! I want to be super excited when it comes to opening gifts, instead of having that dark wave of emotion that comes over me. The “oh I’m single and broke” wave.
Now, I already know what half of you will say. “Well, no one told you to have kids,” or “It’s your fault you are broke.” Yes, you are right. No one told me to have kids. No one told me to give my last dime to my kids. No one told me to pay my bills instead of buying that nice coach purse instead. You are right! No one told me these things. -__- I am not trying to gain any pity. Like I said, before this is just a vent type of post and seeing that this is MY website, I can do that. No single parent wants a handout, at least not the real ones. I am just simply stating that it would be nice if someone thought of us for once. A spa certificate, a gift card, something. You have no idea how helpful this would be. As a single parent, you can often feel like your hard work is going unnoticed. You can feel very alone and feel that no one is there when you need a pick me up. This is ever more apparent during the holidays. Just take the time and tell a single parent how proud you are of them. Take them out to lunch or offer to watch their kids while they have a moment to themselves. It doesn’t take much.