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Money and finances are a BIG thing for single mothers. Said another way, money and finances are a sparse thing for single mothers. BIG, because it’s on our minds. A lot. Sparse, because many of us don’t have any support from our Mr. What-Was-I-Thinking and we seem to run out of money before we run out of month. It’s awesome.
As I write this, a memory that usually sits in a faraway pocket of my mind has surfaced. Brushing off some of the dust and cobwebs, the emotions from that day make me blush. Not from embarrassment but from remembering how overwhelmed I felt. Or perhaps it’s a hot flash …
No. No, it’s not. Emotions have muscle memory, and my heart is actually palpitating as I gently hover over this memory while my fingers swiftly translate the experience across my keyboard and onto the page. Well, screen …
The year is 1990 and I’m 25 years old. My daughters, ages five and two at the time, are asleep in their shared bedroom. Me? I’m sitting on the living room floor. To be more precise, I’m sitting in the corner of the living room floor. I feel defeated. Perhaps “slumped” is a better word than sitting.
Looking at the wall across the room, I see shadows. The outline of a lampshade. The arm of the couch is a larger-than-life silhouette. None of the shadows outline my body. I’m invisible. I want to scream. Part of me wants someone to hear me, to see me. The other part of me is being considerate of my neighbours. My finger is bleeding a little. A paper cut. Some of my blood has smudged across the edges of the piece of paper in my hand. Ironic, I think. My blood is the same colour as the angry words written across the top of the page: LAST NOTICE. It’s the electricity bill. Electricity is what heats my apartment. I have no idea how I’m going to pay it.
Outside, the first signs of winter are trickling from the night sky. Never have I felt so afraid of snowflakes.
Back to the present.
I’m sharing this with you because I have a treat for you. If money and finances are something you struggle with, on Friday I will be sharing a post from our money and finances expert. Yup. She wrote something just for you on planning for your child’s education.
See you back here on Friday!
And if you’re late to the party, here’s the link to the post: Planning for Your Child’s Education: A Guide for Single Moms!
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