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7/10 Single Mama Drama

Posted by novoscene on July 10, 2008

If there’s anywhere in the country that can appreciate a good ol’ alternative family, better believe the Bay’s the spot. Two moms, two dads, shared parenting, single parenting, interracial relationships, poly relationships and just about any permutation and identification of “family” you can think of probably has a home here, and more than likely a thriving support network.

So taken in that context, Mary F. Pols’ story isn’t that out of the ordinary. But on a purely practical doody, diapers and baby formula level, it’s understandably daunting: Single, childless film critic knocking on 40’s door, looking forward to a family but not interested in going the baby momma route, meets young hot guy, screws young hot guy, then finds out she’s on her way to becoming a not quite young, but still pretty hot single mom (insert appropriately timed “Aw fuck” here). In her book “Accidentally on Purpose: A One-Night Stand, My Unplanned Parenthood, and Loving the Best Mistake I Ever Made” the Contra Costa Times writer details the ups and downs of shared parenting, generational differences (the father’s 10 years her junior) and juggling an out of the ordinary family life. She’s reading at a Great Good Place For Books tonight, and I’m sure she’d be willing to listen to any parenting tips you might want to toss her way.-kwan

Mary F. Pols Reading
Great Good Place for Books
6120 La Salle Avenue, Oakland


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