This comment from laurent just appeared in my inbox, and drove the final nail into what I've been thinking and feeling over the past three days.
I am rich. I am healthy and smart and I'm doing a good job as a mother. I know I am.
I have two gorgeous and brilliant children. I have dear friends who make me laugh. I have people in my life whom I love beyond words.
My profession, while it may never make me rich on paper, fulfils me mentally and spiritually. I love what I do. I can't imagine not doing it. For that alone, I am richer than most people I know.
I thank you, all of you sweet people who took the time to help me. I've got Jack back in school part-time and, apparently, a check in the mail from his father.
Speaking of whom.
This has never happened before--that he's not sent the boys' support check on time--but I'm not naive enough to imagine that it will never happen again. I've decided to implement safeguards against something like this catching me unprepared in the future. More on that later.
Telling me that I "need a sugar daddy" doesn't help, now, does it? No, and as I commented in response to that comment on the last post, what I need is for my children's daddy to be a stand-up guy.
Even more than that, I need to take steps to ensure that I can continue being a good mother while doing what I love and setting a good example for my boys.
It sucks that I can't count on Daniel. It is worse that his sons can't.
But I am lucky that I can count on many of you to be sympathetic and understanding with emails and concerned IMs. I am grateful for your generosity, both of pocket and of love.