The father is the creator of the new life.
The first man a young girl loves,
And is the first she lets go of.
He teaches what it is to be a good man to the son,
And gives insight as to what the daughter should
Look for in the potential spouse.
He shows the strengths and promise of life well lived.
The mother is the bearer of the new life.
She is the first woman a man loves and will never let go of.
The teacher of the heart and soul to her children,
And strength of the family they came from.
She bears the tears and pain in quietude that life has brought
And gives us the beauty of inner peace.
The single parent is caught in trying to bring the strengths,
To an "incomplete" family, of both sides of the parent equation.
But the strengths of the individual compensates for the loss, if done right.
To see that which is needed and when is of import to the parent,
Is it real, or necessary, or a splurge to give what the child wants?
Or, is it the promise of what could be.
The single parent has their weaknesses but the love they possess out lasts the mistakes made.