Being a single mom and following your dreams is possible—but possible does not mean easy. Little things like your child being sick may have the power to change your whole week. For single parents in school, not being able to find a babysitter could cause you to miss an important lecture.
Single mother Ashton Robinson almost didn’t attend class one day, because she didn’t have a sitter for her 10-month-old son, Emmett. She contacted her professor with the news—but instead of allowing her to miss class, he helped her out.
Her professor encouraged her to bring her child to class.
“So today I emailed my Professor before class saying that something came up and I didn’t have a sitter for Emmett and he called me back and said to please bring him!” Ashton shared on her Facebook page.
The student took a photo of her professor, Dr. Henry Musoma in the middle of a lecture, while holding her 10-month-old baby at the same time. Ashton was more than happy with how well the class went—and so was Emmett, apparently!
“Being a single mom is so challenging but it’s people like Dr. Henry Musoma that make life just a tiny bit easier!” said Ashton. “Definitely something I’ll never forget and can’t wait to someday tell Emmett that it’s because of people like this that mommy was able to graduate from the best university in the world.”
Family is clearly very important to the professor, and he learned this from his home in Zambia, Africa.
“In the village, you depend on each other to make life happen. I believe ultimately that if a faculty, teacher, educator is able to establish community, able to establish that village…magic happens,” he told ABC10.
That day in class created a sense of joy for both Ashton and Musoma.
Ashton said, “I feel like I came in as a student, and I’m leaving as part of his family.”