Monday, January 9, 2006

55 Reasons I Love Being A Single Mom

Why I Love Being a Single Mom of Three

1. I can parent however I want.
2. I can watch whatever movies I want.
3. No adults yell at me in my own home.
4. I don’t have to cater to an adult who is a pickier eater than any of my three children.
5. I never have to watch sports.
6. I don’t have to stop normal life to prepare for the 5pm arrival of Him.
7. The king-size bed is plenty big for all four of us when they all pile in.
8. I feel so empowered knowing that I replaced the broken phone jack, lit the pilot light on the water heater, hung the shelves, got the kitchen window to close, etc, etc, etc. Installing a light fixture is next on my list. :)
9. Nobody thinks my beliefs are dumb.
10. My kids know that girls can use tools and fix things, too.
11. My kids aren’t seeing a poor example of what a marriage (theoretically) can be.
12. I never have to listen to AC/DC.
13. I never have to suck in my stomach.
14. There are no adult skidmarks in my laundry hamper.
15. I can make my house a home without having to compromise my decorating style.
16. The kids and I can embrace our spirituality and practice un-self-consciously whenever we want.
17. I choose how the money is spent.
18. No snoring to keep me awake.
19. No nasty beard hairs in the sink.
20. Nobody ever leaves the toilet seat up.
21. We sing all the time with nobody getting annoyed.
22. I can fully focus on my children and myself, without throwing marriage into the mix.
23. I never feel guilty for spending my evenings on the computer.
24. I don’t have to share my closet or dresser.
25. The only clothes on my bedroom floor are mine.
26. Nobody leaves piles of catalogs or tools on the kitchen counter.
27. If the trash is full or the dishes are not washed, I have nobody to blame but myself.
28. Nobody cares that my pits and legs are hairy.
29. Everyone in my home is cherished and respected.
30. I can listen to whatever music suits my mood.
31. Nobody changes my seat and mirror positions in my car.
32. I’m not lonely anymore.
33. My kids have a happy mom.
34. I never have to listen to somebody else yell at my children.
35. I never feel guilty for not wanting to have sex.
36. I never have to watch another violent movie.
37. No in-laws.
38. I can have as many cats as I want.
39. Anytime the kids find an injured animal or bring home a stray, I can say “yes”.
40. I can laugh when dinner burns instead of being afraid.
41. I almost never feel fat, even though I am.
42. We can cultivate our own traditions without anyone mocking them.
43. I make all my own decisions. My life is my own.
44. My children have a happy dad who enjoys his time with them, instead of an angry dad who is perpetually burnt-out and either ignoring them or yelling at them.
45. Nobody second-guesses my decisions.
46. My children’s dad is now my friend instead of my foe.
47. My children will grow up to respect women.
48. I almost never have to clean out the passenger seat of my car.
49. I can change and grow as much as I want.
50. I never cry myself to sleep anymore.
51. There will never be any guns in my home.
52. I never have to say, “I wish I could ____, but my husband won’t let me/doesn’t like it.”
53. My kids are growing up in a happy home.
54. I am overflowing with self-respect, self-worth, independence, happiness, and love.
55. Why the hell was I married to a man anyway? I’m a lesbian!

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