Thursday, August 6, 2009

Linky Love

A reader de-lurked in a big way. She wrote about my blog in her Examiner article. She's been writing a series, featuring single mom bloggers. I'm honored to be among them.

And it makes me so excited about the community of single mom writers that is bursting. I remember when I first started reading blogs how hard it was to find other single moms. Now, I can't keep up with them all.

MindyMom recently posted about the single mom/punching bag syndrome that occurs.

We keep writing. We keep reading. We keep standing up and letting our voices be heard.

And I can't write this without acknowledging the non-single moms that still come by here. The dads, the married moms, the ones that come here for the musical theatre posts (okay, the one that comes here for those!). I appreciate your willingness to hear a different point of view. The single parents are still a minority in the parenting world, and it is your willingness to stand by and support us that will, in the end, make the difference. The suffragettes didn't get anywhere until some men were willing to stand with them. And it's why, as a straight person, I feel such an obligation to stand with and fight for the gay rights movement.

We need to support one another, be subject to one another.

It's why this honor of being recognized is so special to me. To feel that I am a part of this. And if you're reading this, so are you.

12 comments:

MindyMom said...

Wow April. Congrats on the mention; it is well deserved. And thank you so much for the linky love!

I agree that we need to keep writing and standing up for ourselves as single parents. You are also right to point out how important the support is from non-single moms as well. And hopefully one day in the near future, together, we will bring about some positive changes.

Kori said...

Congratulations! See, other people are finding out what I have known all along-that you are an extraordinary example of what being a single mom is.

Prefers Her Fantasy Life said...

Congrats!! Hey you forgot to mention me--the MARRIED single mom. I'm sure there are lots of us out with parenting-challenged spouses.

Keep up the good work.

Jeff said...

Congratulations April, that is a very flattering nod to you. You're a great mom and deserve to be recognized for that.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Congratulations, April, and as you might guess, one of my favorite phrases is "united we stand".

I think it's your spirit and your honesty that brings people to read you and learn from you.

Danielle said...

I loved what you said on Mindymoms blog. Amen and ou now have another follower.

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Dingo said...

You definitely deserve the mention, April. What you are doing here and on the other blogs and web sites is instrumental in changing the tired ol' stereotype of the single mom.

Karen MEG said...

Congrats on the recognition April, so well deserved!

Momartfully said...

Your comment on MindyMom's post brought me over here and now you've got a new reader.

Congratulations on the mention!

carla said...

April,

Bravo on your recognition. I have been a single mom for 11 years. I have shattered the ~single~ glass ceiling, overcome the judgments of many and have learned to embrace who I am. I have raised 4 amazing children who are in turn "being the change they wish to see" in there respective communities. I learned to overcome rejection and fear by embracing courage and exercising my faith. The path was never easy...my choice was to learn forgiveness..practice gratitude and live a life of meaning and purpose. So far...so good. working together collectively is a stronger force than going life alone.

Live with intensity and purpose.

Carla

Shiona said...

Yay so glad you were able to get a mention! Now so many more can finally see what a great and strong person you truly are.