I was doing some reading on the net this morning and came across an article from a writer who referred to single parent homes as “broken”. It was actually meant to be an inspirational piece, within which the writer shared that she also grew up in a “broken” home. She goes on to tell her readers that despite things not neccessarily going as planned, that single mothers can be inspired and motivated by the joy that is their beautiful child (I’m paraphrasing, but you get it). I was raised by only my mother for much of my childhood, and I totally got where she was coming from. To me, she was simply saying that something is missing – however, you are NOT a failure, and things can still work out well. However, AS ALWAYS – some readers were gravely offended by her use of the term “broken” to describe single mother households. The comments were in a nutshell – “how dare you…my home is not “broken” – everything is great…you’re offensive and judgemental…”. Sooooo…..There are always multiple ways to look at an issue, right? Was this writer, although well-intended, insensitive and out-of-touch? OR, are the readers who are offended at the term “broken” merely in denial about the reality of their situations, and what some would say, the “incompleteness” of their homes? Or, is it some of both?