Letter: Respect for single mothers
Motherhood is hard, and all mothers deserve our gratitude. As Mother’s Day approaches, we all particularly need to recognize the heroic love of single mothers. In a culture that honors and idolizes the intact, prosperous family, it can become all too easy to just overlook those mothers who battle steep social and economic forces just trying to get by.
Frequently young and alone in the daunting tasks of caring for their children while working long hours to pay the rent, their situation can be a far cry from the idyllic. Many even pursue higher education (yay, BBCC!) while shouldering huge responsibilities. While their children may grow up with only one parent helping them through all the peril of everyday life, those kids learn early on that love goes on, no matter what.
All too often, single mothers are scorned for taking on parenthood alone. If anything, they deserve a particular honor for being the parents who do what is right, for raising their kids even though there may be too little encouragement from society.