Being a single parent is hard. There is no question that providing income for your family and taking care of your children is harder on your own.
However, there is also another hardship, sometimes not being able to take part in more role specific activities like a father / daughter dance or, in this case, a “dads and donuts” event at your son’s school.
Whitney Kittrell, of St. George, Utah made the following heartwarming post on her Facebook account after dressing up as a guy to take her son to his school’s event.
This is her Facebook post:
When I became a single mom over 3 years ago I made a promise with myself that I would do anything I could, even if it meant going out of my comfort zone, to give my kids a “normal” life and the same experiences as other kids. We have accomplished a lot. Trips alone, teaching my son how to play catch, killing bugs with minimal screaming, countless memories, and a normal life. But when my kindergartener came home with a paper saying that they were having “dads and doughnuts” my heart kinda sank. I finally sat him down and asked if he wanted to ask his grandpa to go.
He just smiled and said “no. I want you to go. You’re my mom and dad”. So this morning I gathered up my best dad outfit, painted on some facial hair, and went to breakfast with my sweet son. I was so embarrassed but I couldn’t help but smile when he introduced me to his little friends saying “this is my mom… she’s my dad too so I brought her!”
I’ve tried my best to let them know they are loved but I wonder a lot if I’m actually succeeding at it. When I went to leave he ran after me and hugged me tight around my neck and whispered “mom… I know that you’ll always be there and do anything for me. Thank you.
I love you” kissed my cheek and ran off. I hope he remembers this day cause I’ll never forget it or his sweet words. #singlemom #dadsanddoughnuts #myforever #lovewhatmatters
Since being initially posted, the post has seen 140,000 reactions and over 80,000 shared on Facebook alone. Not to mention further reach on Instagram and numerous news stories about the incident.
Here is the full embedded Facebook post: