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...

Lift Magazine - - Contents - Naomi

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.

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