It's been a rough year and a half for my 5-year-old son and myself. Our world was turned upside down when my husband decided to end our marriage and completely abandon us. I was left with nothing and I had no choice but to relocate to a small town in Louisiana. After being independent for 11 years, this was a devastating change for us, both emotionally and in the functioning of our lives. Abandonment is hard enough on an adult, but a child can't even begin to comprehend. Although my parents have been gracious enough to provide a roof over our heads and whatever help they can manage with childcare, there is simply no market for my career where I now live. While I would love to restart my stalled career, more than that I need to unburden my parents and provide a stable home for my son. I'm waiting tables, working double shifts to try to save money to buy a car and rent a tiny place for my son and myself. It breaks my heart to have to spend so much time away from my son. Not only do I know that I am missing precious moments with him but he misses me and will beg me not to go to work. Once I have been able to put away a little money, I'll be able to take a job that fits with my son's schedule so we can not only spend time together, but also look forward to moving to a town where I can support us with my actual career doing what I love. I've never been one to ask for money, but I'm at the point where I feel like I have no choice. It feels as though we're stuck in a hole that I just can't dig us out of no matter how hard I try. My son and myself would greatly appreciate any donations.
I'm crossing my fingers and counting on the kindness I've shown to others throughout the years to come back my way.