A LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
WELCOME TO OUR ISSUE ABOUT ALL THINGS FAMILY RELATED. BECOMING A SINGLE MUM CAN THROW EVERYTHING YOU EVER BELIEVED ABOUT FAMILY RIGHT OUT THE WINDOW...
I remember going to a family Easter egg hunt when my son had just started to walk. Happy couples surrounded me... laughing together and sharing special moments together. But I had no one to share those moments with.
I put on a brave face. I clapped excitedly for my son when delight flooded his face at the sight of an egg wrapper glinting in the sun and watched with the best smile I could muster as his chubby little legs carried him awkwardly to his prize.
But inside, I wanted to run away and hide. My heart ached and I felt totally alone. I was convinced that every single person there was feeling sorry for ‘the poor child who was not part of a REAL family’.
Last weekend I took my now two-year-old to Government House open day. We ran around the grounds finding flowers and leaves to put in our ‘treasure’ bag, we listened to a band play circus music and ate sausages in bread. And when we got home, I realised that not once during the day did I consider us that broken family that haunted me over a year ago.
Because the great thing about life is that we get to define it. Our challenge then is to decide if we still want to define it in the same way we did pre-single motherhood. And funnily enough, that’s exactly where this issue starts, with an
article on how to let go - of past hurts, past ideas and past dreams to embrace change and let life take us and our family boldy into the future.