by Debbie Gruber / photo: Whitney Kittrell
A mom's heart overflows with love for her kids. Often, she'll put their needs first, even risking embarrassment, if it means making her kids happy.
Whitney's son had a school event for dads. That was a challenge because she's a single mom, and dad was not in the picture.
Here's her heartwarming story:
When I became a single mom I made a promise to myself that I would do anything I could, even if it meant going out of my comfort zone, to give my kids a "normal" life and the same experiences as other kids.
We have accomplished a lot. Trips alone, teaching my son how to play catch, killing bugs with minimal screaming, countless memories, and a normal life.
But, when my kindergartener came home with a paper saying that they were having "dads and doughnuts" my heart sank. I finally sat him down and asked if he wanted to ask his grandpa to go. He just smiled and said, "No. I want you to go. You're my mom and dad."
On the morning of the event, I gathered up my best dad outfit, painted on some facial hair, and went to breakfast with my sweet son. I was so embarrassed, but I couldn't help but smile when he introduced me to his little friends saying, "This is my mom. She's my dad too, so I brought her!"
I've tried my best to let them know they are loved but I wonder a lot if I'm actually succeeding at it. When I went to leave he ran after me and hugged me tight around my neck and whispered "Mom, I know that you'll always be there and do anything for me. Thank you. I love you."
He kissed my cheek and ran off.
I hope he remembers this day cause I'll never forget it or his sweet words.
Whitney's story brought tears of joy to my eyes. Her children are so lucky to have her as a mom.
As this story illustrates, an act of compassion often has no price. It's free. It just takes a kind heart and a bit of empathy and humanity.
Oh how I wish the world was full of people like Whitney.
The heart, a universal symbol of love, always reminds me that love and compassion are out there. And, that's such a source of comfort.
We Put Hearts Everywhere
We even put hearts on socks. These fuzzy heart socks keep my feet warm and always bring a smile to my face.
Your Turn . . .
Did you ever risk embarrassment to make someone happy?