After a night inadvertently spent at the Katy Rodeo by myself with the two boys, I have this to say:
Single parents, I salute you.
For taking one or more children anywhere public without the support of another adult.
For being able to keep them safe and close without losing them in a crowd.
For navigating the dangers of a public restroom.
For handling the glares of other, non-single parents whose children are magically more well-behaved than yours.
For managing to control your temper and your tone of voice when your children are going bananas.
For employing more creative methods than grabbing your children by the back of the collar to keep them from running away.
For braving life knowing that this is the rule, not the exception.
I raise a glass to you, single parents. I have so little understanding for the difficulty of the norm that is your daily life. You have my utmost admiration.