Victoria Baldwin couldn’t have predicted that her life would lead her through some drastic changes, but she has resolved to take them in stride for one important reason: her son. One year after their divorce, she decided that they would take a family photo. They had taken the first two during their marriage to document their growing family, but what would they do now that they were no longer together?
We are not in love, we don’t always agree, we’re not best friends, sometimes we don’t even like one another. But you know what we are? We are forever connected because of our beautiful, smart, kind, compassionate, funny son. We RESPECT one another. We remember that neither of our roles as parents take precedence over the other – neither one of us are any more important to the life of our son. We BOTH need to be there, we BOTH deserve quality time and quality memories with him. Neither of us blame one another for the direction our relationship took. We do not place blame on one another, and we certainly don’t place blame in the presence of our son.”
But one decision was more important to them than all of the others. They would always put their son first. Whatever grievances they might have with one another, they won’t put their son in the middle.
I still pay good money to have the images printed, framed, and placed in our son’s bedroom; he may not grow up with parents who live in the same house… but he will grow up to see respect, kindness, empathy, compassion, perseverance, flexibility, and even sacrifice being modeled by both of his parents and he will know it is possible to fall out of love but never fall apart.”
Not all divorced couples are lucky enough to have a relationship like this, but she wanted to share her story to inspire others that may need it.
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