But I am not a single parent.
My husband is just on drill. He’ll be home tomorrow and I’ll have my parenting and life partner back.
Even when he was deployed, he was still my husband. Although I miss him when he is gone, that is a very different type of absence than that felt by someone who is widowed or separated.
We still have our love and our mutual support and our commitment to working together on our relationship and our parenting.
I’ve heard some military spouses…and even some moms whose husbands are on business trips…joke that they are “single parents”. I think we are allowed our little jokes and I hope the real single moms don’t take offense. Really, though, we aren’t single parents at all. We have our own challenges, of course. Personally, though, I’ll take my own set of challenges over those of the single parent, any day.
Geographical separation is not the same as separation by divorce or death.