National Single Parent Day is March 21, 2020. Surprisingly, I just learned about this nationally recognized day established in 1984! Why is this significant? Because I was a single parent for eight years and never knew the day existed. So, I thought to myself, what a wonderful opportunity to bring single parents into the spotlight and raise awareness of this day.
National Day for Single Parents
Before I go into that, I keep asking myself, is this day really legitimate? Read more how this came to be a national day.
Mark the date…
Saturday, March 21, 2020
Awareness of National Single Parent Day
Now that we have established that it is a national day, March 21st, I am still somewhat baffled though. Why didn’t I know about this during my eight years as a single parent? So, I thought it would be helpful to consider some possibilities as to why.
Single Parent Lifestyle
One, I don’t recall reading or listening to the daily news. Simply no time. I relied on others to fill me in. You know, important stuff, like do I need to evacuate? If others asked me what I thought about a worldly event, I would just nod my head and say, “Tell me more.”
Two, consider this scenario. I was hanging precariously on to a ledge, holding on very tight. Every once in a while, I tried to claw my way up to make a little progress. But, as always, it was moving one claw forward and sliding five claws back. As much as I wanted to curl up in a fetal position, my claws held on to that ledge.
Three, chaos. I was told by a professional, “You need to learn how to live in the chaos. What that means is don’t fold laundry, just climb over the piles.” That was a crazy concept for my ears. I was a Type A personality, high-energy, a “To-Do List” gal. Certainly, I could tackle the laundry!
Oh, when it comes down to it, I think it does make sense why I didn’t know about this national day. I never saw the stores decorated in bright colors! No one came up to me and greeted me with, “Happy National Single Parent Day!” As I write this, I am smiling and laughing about my own situation. If one had a day designated for them, then why don’t they know about it? I know, I know, I am making too much out of this. But, I think this needs to be considered so that all current single parents will be recognized.
In the end, does it surprise me I never knew about the national day? Absolutely not. Given everything single parents are up against, not knowing about their “own day” is pretty symbolic of the single parent life.
With a smiling heart,
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