Thanks to CROSS Pens for partnering with me for this post!
One of the things I have learned about being a parent is that there is no such thing as “balance” and you really can’t have it all no matter how many self-help books try to positively get you to affirm otherwise. Very rarely does somebody choose to be a single parent and the life of a single parent comes with the dichotomy that with all the trials and tribulations you may go through there is that peace and satisfaction in knowing you did the best that you could to “feed the children.”
Single Parents as Superheroes – The Superhero dad in my life
Quite often the reality of a parenting as a single parent is really about appreciating the small things, conquering big things in small bites and slowly steadying the bow as you shoot those arrows (your children) to the not so distant future of adulthood. I sometimes read memes and stories comparing single parents to superheroes. I was always uncomfortable with that. I felt I did my job the same as any other parent. Of course my parenting experience has always been that of a single mother so I truly can’t compare or try to understand what it is like for other parents. I partnered with Cross Pens and their Marvel Collection of fine writing instruments to talk about the superhero dad in my life. For that superhero dad in your life you can get the #WriteGift with Spiderman, Ironman, or Captain America in the Century II series or the multi-functional Tech2 series of your Marvel favorites. CROSS has always championed the pursuit of greatness. From the spark that inspires a passion, to the hard work and creativity needed to make it happen. It takes courage and a lot of heart, but those who take this path of single parenthood are the ones who make their mark on this world. This courage is really what this superhero dad in my life embodies in so many ways. His story is not so unique or otherworldly like what you expect from superheroes but nonetheless it is what makes him a superhero to me.
How Dallas Single Dad became Ironman
For over a year I have dated someone who I aptly nicknamed “Ironman.” The nickname stuck after he got a head injury and miraculously fixed his injury on the spot and went about his work day. It was the day after our first date and the nick name stuck and the rest of the story resides in the archives on this blog. What is it that makes him a superhero or extra special? This superhero is also Dallas Single Dad and he has shared his personal journey along with me as a single dad with primary custody and now a single dad with sole custody. Like most single dads with sole custody it comes with its own set of ups and downs. Like most superheroes he has to manage not only external conflicts but internal ones. Dallas Single Dad is constantly questioning his own ability to parent, raising three children, getting by with no child support, and co-parenting with an alcoholic. This road was not easy and he chose this path of single fatherhood reluctantly, like most superheroes that choose the path to possibly fulfill their destiny and discover their talents. It is in these stressful times, that we come out of our struggles a lot stronger and amazed at the person we have grown into.
Like a pen from Cross, the work he has put into himself and his children is a symbol for so many things. Having just completed his Electrician Journeyman Apprenticeship program he is definitely proud of his achievements and accomplishments. He uses his CROSS pen wisely, reaffirming his extraordinary vision and strong entrepreneurial spirit with the tools needed to make their mark. CROSS will always continue to be the #WriteGift for recognizing the deserving moments in anyone’s life from a job promotion, to marriage, to graduation. He really is an inspiration to many including his kids for everything he has gone through.
Like most divorced parents, he grieved over the end of his previous marriage and began to rebuild. It took patience and dedication. Then when we met, it was truly about being pillars that stood together with no one person overshadowing the other. This is truly what it means for me to admire this superhero dad in my life.
More about the CROSS Marvel Series
CROSS fine writing instruments teamed up with Marvel to launch a series of Super Pens featuring the most prominent icons in the Marvel universe, Iron Man, Captain America, and Spider Man.
The pens are available in two styles. First the brand’s evolutionary Century II series finished in a high-gloss lacquer and includes a collectible, character-specific romance card (MSRP $150 USD.) And the second is the Tech2 series, which transforms from a ballpoint pen to a stylus in a flash (MSRP $45 USD.) Both styles endow users with the “superpower” of expression via a fine writing instrument.
For more information about this collection, please visit cross.com.
A Cross pen is a symbol of high quality and those that receive a Cross writing instrument know that they are getting exceptional quality. All Cross writing instruments are unquestionably guaranteed against mechanical failure for life.
Price – Tech 2 Series begins at $45 USD and the Century II Series starts at $150 USD
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