Single mothers may not be “in,” but to the mildly self-aware, they are not getting the “kick in the head” that they are normally used to.
I’ve never met a single mother who said that being a single mother was their first choice. As choices go, it always seems to be fairly down on the list.
I’ve also never met a single mother who said that single motherhood was “easy.” In fact, in my experience, single mothers usually rate single motherhood as one of the hardest, if not the hardest thing that they have ever done.
And add to that, from one to ten, a walloping dose of guilt and shame (yes, even in the year 2009). A “ten” coming from the most conservative folks in our society, and “one” often unconsciously from even the most enlightened of progressives.
Single mothers often tell me that in general, it is very hard to hold their heads up in society with a complete sense of pride and dignity.
So, in the “what do we make of this now” category, here we have folks giving tons of credit to the mother of the President of the United State. The mother who was not only divorced once, but twice–a single mom.
So yes, our president appears to be a loving father and husband (a wonderful example). But so many people give credit to whatever “it” is that our new president has, not only to him, but also to enigma of the single mother that raised him (in much more less than receptive to single mother times).