While there were many challenges in being a single parent, the most difficult challenge was being separated from my son. When Kyle was 10 years old, he chose to live with his dad in Arizona. I saw him as often as I could but given the cost and my constant struggle to make ends meet, it wasn’t as frequently as I would have liked. Needless to say, every time when Kyle visited me, he grew older and taller — yet my memories of him remained at age 10 and I find myself having to readjust my thoughts and behavior according to his age with every visit.
Over the weekend, I got a visit from Kyle and his dad. They were coming back from their gold seeking adventure in Nome, Alaska. It has been almost two years since I last saw Kyle and this time he changed even more. The last time I saw him, he was an awkward teenager. This time, I almost didn’t recognize him. Kyle has grown into a confident, handsome looking young man. I can’t believe that he is already sixteen.