A year ago, I never would have imagined I’d be asking for help like this, as I’m very prideful. However, I’m taking a chance to see what comes from it. So, here is my story.
In 2017, I became a single mother to two perfect little boys. They are truly the highlight of my life. All mothers say that, I know, but I’m truly convinced. My oldest son is five; he’s a compassionate little person, loves to make others laugh and willing to help anyone out. My youngest son is three; he’s a little rough around the edges, loves to test Mama’s boundaries, but also has a knack for helping others and making them smile. Then there’s me: I am 26 years old, and I work full time at minimum wage with no government assistance or help from my family. I’m able to afford everything that we need, but rarely have money for leisure or things that we want. On a good month, I maybe able to take my children to see a movie or to the skating rink. Those are few and far between. A few months ago, a good friend of mine planned a trip to New Orleans for us, generously paying for the commute and hotel stay. She asked that I just save enough money for activities and food. She knows New Orleans is a place that I hold near and dear to my heart, as it was the last place I vacationed at with my grandmother before she passed away. I had initially saved money from my tax return for this trip, but had to spend that money on things I’d normally use child support for: school activities, doctor appointments, sports, etc. My ex-husband decided that he’d quit his job and stop paying child’s support after he found out about our trip. I don’t plan to go and get drunk or party. I just want to experience the different cultures, try new food and find a few fun activities. It will be years before I’m able to do this again, since I’ll be working full time and going to school full time come August to become an Occupational Therapist. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my story and if you so graciously decide to help me out, I promise to pay it forward while I’m on my trip. Much love, Always.