Mom in need
Organized by: Loving Mom
"I AM" Poem "I am a daughter of a single mom. I wonder if she struggles to feed me. I hear her talking about how she needs more money. I see her crying when she can't take me out to do things. I am a daughter of a single mom. I pretend that I don't know about what's really going on. I feel grateful when she takes me out to do fun activities. I touch her tears as I wipe them off her face. I worry that she struggles through life. I cry when she is upset that she can't give me everything. I am the daughter of a single mom. I understand that she tries as hard as she can to hide her struggles. I say everything is going to be okay. I dream that she will one day understand that she is the best mom ever. I try to comfort her when she is upset. I hope that things will get better soon. I am the daughter of a single mom." By: Anonymous 13 year old I am a hardworking mother of two beautiful girls. I get up everyday and go to work. Like so many others out there, I am finding it harder and harder to provide basic necessities for my family. I have had to tell my children "no" to a lot of things this past year because I simply couldn't scrape the money together. It broke my heart to see the disappointment on my daughter's face when she handed me her class field trip form to a local theme park and I had to tell her I didn't have the money to send her this year. I did cry. I also cried when she brought me this poem she wrote as a writing assignment for AVID. She has worked so hard, maintains honor roll, aces her SOL's, and is taking extra classes after school so she can skip the ninth grade. Her sister is also an honor roll student and volunteers at a no-kill animal shelter in her free time. I was raised to work hard, do your best and take pride in doing a good job. It is tremendously difficult to ask for help, or admit that despite all of my hard work, my best is falling short of being enough. I only have 5 vacation days per year, and they have been used on days the kids were sick or had doctor's appointments. While I can take time off, it is without pay and I can't afford to lose the income. I am struggling to pay the bills when I do work everyday, so losing the income is not an option. I would really like to be able to take a week or two off and take my kids on vacation or just hang out together and have fun without worrying how I will pay the rent or buy groceries. I would like to reward my girls for being such good kids, for working so hard, and for the sacrifices they have had to endure. I really don't need a lot, I just want to put a smile on my children's faces. Thank you.