Freedom and Popcorn

When Abraham Lincoln passed the Emancipation Proclamation more than a hundred years ago, huge numbers of slaves jumped for joy as they finally enjoyed the freedom they had always longed for.  Without a doubt, freedom is something even we in this day and age continue to value.  There’s probably nothing anybody wouldn’t give to be free.

Right now, I am free.  I’m a single woman who can do as she pleases, without anybody to look after but herself.  But as I sit here and think about eating dinner alone tonight, I realize that there’s nothing more I want than to be with my daughter.  She’s at her dad’s now for Easter break, and I’m once more home alone.

I have the TV all to myself, and can freely watch my favorite soap, but deep down in my heart, I wish my daughter was here, popping corn with me as we get set to watch another Disney flick.  After work, I can go on a night out with friends, but I choose to go home, with my daughter’s imaginary arms waiting to hug me at the door.

Freedom is special and most people would fight tooth and nail just to have it.  I don’t mind freedom, but if it means being away from the one I love most, then to hell with it.  I’d rather have that ball and chain tied to my foot as long as I have my daughter right next to me, pigging out on buttered popcorn for hours on end.


About Pepper

I am a single working mom, trying to raise my kid the best way I know how. Join me as I navigate my way through the jungle that is Single Mom-hood, armed with rose-colored glasses and strength of spirit. As pepper adds spice to food, so does my daughter add spice to my life. She makes life no less than…PEPPERRIFIC!

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  1. This is so sweet. Going into parenthood I do have that nervousness over losing my freedom. It’s nice to hear that even if the freedom is “lost” I may not actually mind at all.

  2. I hear a lot of people getting upset when it’s Spring Break or Summer because their kids will be home, but I’m like you, I love when they’re home.

  3. Wow, this is such a great idea. Looks like the perfect healthy snack!! Move over Kale chips and baked chickpeas!

  4. Awwww… you need a hug! A virtual hug from me to you ; )


  5. Funny how I’m munching on popcorn while reading this post. :)

  6. Hahaha! I love it. when you’re a single mum as I do. With little kids… it doesn’t seem to have freedom at all. But that doesn’t matter… as long as I have my kids I also don’t mind if I don’t have freedom to do all the stuff Im doing when Im still on my own…

  7. Be on the couch, watching TV with pop corn in tow is really a good way to enjoy our freedom and free time.

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