Originally published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Moms and Sons, “Mom Has a Wicked Curveball” was reprinted on Beliefnet.com. It’s by DisciplesWorld contributing writer and mom Tanya J. Tyler, and goes out to all you single parents. An excerpt:

On the way to the park, it strikes me as singularly sad that this little boy has to play baseball with his mother. Not that I’m a slouch; after all, I was a softball star in high school and college, and I’m still a mainstay on my church and work softball teams. And it’s not that I don’t love baseball, because I do. It’s just that sometimes I wish my son had someone else to play ball with him. Someone male.

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