Yup, I'm alone. Husband has been in Europe on business for almost two weeks and I'm missing him something fierce. So I've been 'single parenting'. He called this morning to tell me his flight was cancelled ( he was supposed to be home tomorrow), due to a nation-wide 24 hour public employee strike. He's coming through Germany, but is in Greece right now and the airport is basically shut down.
Don't even get me started about how frustrating/ridiculous/untimely this strike is. Whatevs. A few more days alone won't kill me (maybe I'll kill my kids, but I'll still be fine...)
This time alone has definitely given me a new appreciation for the single parent's out there. While Husband works crazy hours (60-70/week) on a regular basis...he is still home on Sunday's and in the late evenings. (Husband has several varied business interests, among them is our pub/restaurant that has him home between (9:30pm-2:00am) most nights of the week. I'm no stranger to raising these kids on my own...but I'm certainly NOT a single parent. Husband does come home (eventually) and I'm not currently working outside of the home so that means I'm not responsible for bringing home the bacon. (Which would be another huge responsibility.)
So to all those mom and dads out there who are single due to whatever reason, (divorce, death, spouses in the military that are deployed for long periods of time), I salute you!! Raising kids is the ultimate challenge, and doing it without the support of life-partner/spouse is dang hard. Being a hands-on, caring and loving parent who is present both physically and emotionally is so important. But it's so much more difficult when you're facing it alone.
Single parents out there, I have a new respect for you all! Hang in there...