Monthly salutes all the moms out there who through sacrifice, perseverance and love have raised their offspring to be people they can be proud of. Working single moms especially bear an extra burden, often stigmatized by society.
Here we present four single moms who defy the stereotype, juggling the demands of everyday life while making their kids their first priority.
Shared loss binds mother and son together
Since Paula Magrini was a little girl, she thought — no, she knew — she and her future husband would fall madly in love and would live happily ever after, just like her parents. Never in Paula’s storybook fantasies was she a single mother.
Paula met her dream man, Leo Magrini, in her late 20s, right on schedule. Like most couples, Paula and Leo had big plans. Paula, a former news anchor, thought she would one day cover Leo on his political campaign trail.
But life has a strange way of not always cooperating with dreams.