Mom goes viral after posting a heartwarming tribute to her ex
With more marriages ending in divorce than ever before, relationships are no longer permanent building blocks upon which to construct one's life. Depressing as it sounds, even the traditionally sacred institution of marriage must be enacted with a pinch of salt; the reality is that we have become beings of transience, not constancy.
All of this means that we now have a responsibility to consider the possibility of separation when we decide to have children. It would be irresponsible, bordering on insane, to agree to have a child without first contemplating what might happen if you, as parents, decided to go your separate ways.
Jessica Singleton, mother to her toddler, Pierson, is no longer with Pierson's father, however the pair appear to have everything figured out.
In a wonderful example to estranged parents everywhere, Singleton has posted a long tribute to Pierson's father on Facebook, describing how the pair have put their break up to one side, determined to raise their son in the best way possible:
"This is my ex. This right here is more valuable than gold. This is a man who doesn't pay a dime through the state because when my son needs new clothes, I just call him. This is a man who buys a bundle of kids' movies on Vudu so even I can enjoy them with my son in my own home. A man who drops off the $45 box of pull-ups at my front door so I don't have to load him up and go to the store. One who takes his son in 10 min notice far often than he should because I have too much to get done or just need a nap. This is a man who listens to me cry because I'm stressed out. This is a man who tells his son not to forget mommy's boyfriend when he lists his favorite people off the top of his head...A man who rushes over because we got locked out of the house or spends his evening fixing something for us. This is a man who labeled the presents he bought his son from "mommy" because mommy couldn't get him as many. A man who still watches my sister's kids so our son can be with his cousins. One who accompanies me to meet strangers from Craigslist to ensure we are safe. This is the diaper-bag-wearing, chocolate-milk-making, selfless, protective, generous, accomplished FATHER to my son."
She continues, telling of the obstacles they have hurdled:
"The amount of obstacles we've had to overcome to get to this point are tremendous. This was not easy, this was a choice. Stop giving excuses and come together for your children. I'm the most stubborn person that I know and forgiveness came easy to us for the sake of our son. And because of that, I see my son every single day. We always welcome each other's presence."
Finally, Singleton ends by saying thank you to the father of her son.
"In case I haven't told you lately, I'm grateful for you. Most importantly for the motivated individual you are and how you provide Pierson with a phenomenal role model despite the foundation you once had. I love the amount of love my son will always have from you."
Her post has clearly struck a chord on Facebook, and hopefully parents the world over are inspired by Singleton's words.