Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Single Moms Club & Creating Communities After Divorce

Being a single parent is one of most heart-rending expressions of modern society. I'm not a parent, so I can't relate directly to the experiences of raising a child alone or within the context of divorce. However, I think anyone can benefit from watching this movie because as a whole we are a community, and single parents (women and men) are shouldering a huge responsibility.

I love the context of the The Single Moms Club, and how Tyler Perry bonds these single mothers through something that could be at first glance a negative experience. Instead they turn this humorous adversity into a means of support and create a community that nurtures one another.

Perhaps this is one of the most gracious gifts of divorce. Society promotes creating a partnership of two people, but in reality we have always been humans that need the support of a community -- a tribe to help us grow, raise kids, and sustain lives. Divorce and becoming a single parent could propel you to seek out people and communities you never thought to reach out to before and expand your love into the world that is beyond a partnership of two.

Single Moms Club and Creating Communities by Beth Hemmila of the Breakup Care Package