Single parenting is the most difficult yet most rewarding job I've ever done, and I have a 14 year old who has been worth every single moment of pain and agony, and rewarded me with much pleasure.
As for the stranger,I understand what he says, but I've only known one female who intentionally 'trapped' someone, out of hundreds who became single moms. No matter what the reason, or no matter where the finances come from that support the child, attending to the daily emotional needs of a child, by only one parent, is really tough. don't know that qualifies us as heros, but I sure do thank you, Michael, for a moment on that pedestal. Now, where is my gold medal???
Hugs to you.