Who I Am
One piece full-time entrepreneur and founder of the online social swap community, Swap Mamas; one piece happily single woman; one big gooey, sticky piece mom to a soulful and precocious kindergartner, who, somewhere along the way dubbed me MommyPie. This is a chronicle of her days, my days, and our life together.
How We Came To Be
Before MP, I worked for a large magazine publishing company. Occasionally, I flew to New York to do the corporate thing. I loved it. I went out every weekend. I dressed all in black. I danced and drank and lived a completely different life.
I had my Mr. Big. He was handsome, powerful and well-respected. He even appeared regularly in the press. Things were amazing. He was the love of my life. Eventually, I became pregnant. I was ecstatic. He was scared. After nearly 10 years together, we split during the first trimester, amidst much hurt and deception. We never did marry.
It’s been just the two of us, MP and me, ever since. When she was 18 months old, I got off the corporate track, packed our things, moved out of the city, out of the state, and headed back to the small hometown I left 13 years earlier. Things have slowed considerably these days, here in the mountains, and life couldn’t be better.
Unbelievable to most, MP’s father and I remained close friends until his untimely death when MP was just two. She does not remember her dad, but we have our photos, and I make sure to share wonderful stories as much as I can. We send balloons and cards to Heaven. We talk to him a lot.
Now, proud to be 41 (where did the time go?), I am thoroughly enjoying my single momness. For the time being, I’ve delayed any kind of dating life. I did try a few times — was even engaged for a short time — but quickly realized I have no idea how to do it with a child. But more importantly, I have no interest. And that’s okay.
I do, however, aspire to be a MILF when MP hits high school.