Single parent dating stories
You either cling to your faith, or you walk away.” French clung to it.
“My faith was kind of like a map that you pull out of the car when you get lost,” says French, who grew up in a large Catholic family on the East Coast.
Catholic singles groups were filled with childless singles, including some men who were borderline cruel about French’s divorced status.
At her son’s Catholic school, there were few fellow single moms.
“You want to have this family experience, but it’s just you.
Everyone else is busy with their own families.” So French sought out her own support network.
And Catholic singles groups filled with men who had no interest in dating a woman with children.
And being assigned to sleep in guest room bunk beds with her son when visiting friends or family.
“Sundays are a particularly tough day if you have a child and you’re single,” says French, who admits she often felt sad seeing families with two parents in the pew.“Still, I’ve been very fortunate to have so many people in my life who have helped me.I’ve been really blessed.” Wendy Diez was nine months pregnant with her second child when her husband, Chris, suffered an excruciating headache that sent him to the emergency room.Their pastor anointed Chris and baptized their newborn daughter at his bedside.
The parish where they had met—he was the choir director and she sang in the choir—had been supportive with meals and babysitting during the tumultuous weeks since his diagnosis.Twelve days later, she gave birth to their daughter, Clare. He had been recovering from brain surgery to reduce swelling caused by one of the tumors when he lost consciousness and was declared brain dead.