So. Thank you. I know very well that I was asking for financial help at a time when many of us needed help — and possibly more help than we needed.

I was terrified. Terrified of being judged for being irresponsible. I decided to ask anyway. Our source of income was precarious, we were suddenly needing to relocate to a city 4 hours away, I was suddenly unable to work and I had no idea for how long, and honestly, I was exhausted.

Here's the thing. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the help you sent, including help that was sent to us directly, gave me exactly as much support to be able to just ground myself in the one thing I knew I needed to do and to do it well.

I doubled down on my core parenting principles of gentle parenting and consent-based parenting. I tripled down on relying on those who have gone before me and listened and listened and learned from wise women and men who helped guide me. I focused on supporting my kid and my family as we strapped in for the E-Ticket ride of a lifetime.

I do not think I could have done it without this support. It wasn't only the financial support. People reached out and I listened. I talked — THANK YOU for listening :)

The most difficult thing to face I think is seeing clearly how broken our system is. My heart breaks for the kids who don't have the same level of support.

We're not out of the woods but I can clearly see how important it is for me to continue supporting my family and especially my youngest. I am so deeply grateful and appreciative for the opportunity to do so.