If you’re a parent, you understand how difficult that job may be. Even if you don’t have children, you probably know someone who does. For many families, being a parent is a full-time job that is both rewarding and challenging. It’s even more bittersweet if you’re the sole parent. Only 35% of single moms over the age of 25 have a bachelor’s degree or above, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, 89 percent of single mothers in college had poor earnings.
Morgan King, a single mother, was having trouble finding someone to watch her child when she needed it the most. King was not only a single mother, but also a student. King was busy between being a mom and going to school while earning her degree from the University of Tennessee. King was left without daycare one day and didn’t know what to do. King recognized she needed to inform her professor about her absence from class on that day. With reservations, King wrote Sally Hunter, an assistant professor in the Department of Child and Family Studies.
Her assistant professor, to King’s amazement, gave her the response of a lifetime. King was so pleased and surprised by her professor’s email response that she went straight to the internet. King shared a screenshot of the email on her own Twitter page, where it quickly went viral. The post received over 24,000 likes from people all over the world.
Told my professor I missed class yesterday because I couldn’t get childcare & this was her answer, King wrote on Twitter. I’m sobbing uncontrollably. So grateful/blessed.”
You’ll be surprised by the teacher’s response.
Hunter replied, “I am so sorry to hear that childcare concerns prompted you to skip class today.” “If you have difficulties finding someone to watch Korbyn in the future, please feel free to just bring her to class,” Hunter added. The professor even stated that she would like to assist in the child’s care.
“I’d be pleased to hold her while I teach so you can concentrate in class and take notes.” How bad would it be if I refused to have a child visit our class because I work for the Department of CHILD and FAMILY Studies? I’m serious about this offer– just bring Korbyn along!” She was done.
“Update: I walked into class a couple minutes late this morning & my professor responded, “awe crap, I thought you were going to bring Korbyn today,” King tweeted later.
Overall, this gift from King’s assistant professor was a surprise to everyone, especially King herself.
Internet users submitted comments such as, “When I was a youngster, my mother took me to her evening classes at UT, where she was a single mother and student. I’m glad you have so much help!”
The email response’s first tweet has received over 292 comments, 5,000 retweets, and over 24,000 likes.