How does one become a single mother? One may birth a child and not be espoused at the time. One may adopt, without being married. An unmarried aunt may raise her brother or sister’s children in the event of a tragedy. Widowhood is another way. Divorce another. The one I find myself in could be described as estrangement. Abandonment? Yes, somewhat. Separation; more so. He moved out the Saturday night before Easter ’16. A dark night when his misdeeds of unfaithfulness came to light. He didn’t fight. He left. And hasn’t returned. He visits the kids twice a week. He pays his part of the bills to help with the costs of five kids. The children live with me. I am a single mother.
Angie Lynn Washington