Utah single mom dresses up like a dad for 'dads and doughnuts' day at her son's school
(KUTV) If you are a single mom like Whitney Kittrell, sometimes promising yourself you will do whatever you can to give your kids a normal life means dressing up like a dad.
One day her kindergarten son came home with a note stating his class was having “dads and doughnuts” day at Arrowhead Elementary School.
“My heart kinda’ sank,” Kittrell said of seeing the note.
After taking a moment to think, she sat her son down and asked if he wanted to ask his grandpa to go.
The child smiled and said, “No. I want you to go. You’re my mom and dad.”
The St. George mother wasn’t about to let a technicality stop her.
So bright and early Wednesday morning Kittrell put together her most convincing “best dad outfit” and painted on some facial hair, which consisted of a goatee and mustache, then headed off to breakfast with her son. The photo has since gone viral. The photo has been shared more than 1,000 times and had more than 4,000 reactions on Facebook, as of Thursday night.
“I was so embarrassed but I couldn't help but smile when he introduced me to his little friends saying, "this is my mom ... she's my dad too so I brought her!"
Kittrell said she has tried her best to let her son know she loves him, but wonders sometimes if she is actually seeing success.
“When I went to leave he ran after me and hugged me tight around my neck and whispered, "mom, I know that you'll always be there and do anything for me. Thank you. I love you."
Her little boy kissed her on the cheek and ran off to play with his friends, she wrote.
“I hope he remembers this day, ‘cause I'll never forget it or his sweet words.”
She said there were dads and grandpas there at the school and her. While no one said anything to her, she said she did get a few strange looks and a few kids were giggling, and a lot of stares. After she picked her son up from school she said her son told her that some kids in his class teased him later cause his mommy dresses like a boy but he said he told them that “his daddy decided not to see him anymore so that his mom is his dad now too.”
Kittrell said after becoming a single mother more than three years ago, she made a commitment to herself to do whatever she could to help her son not miss out on regular experiences in life – even if it meant her getting way out of her comfort zone. She and her son have gone on plenty of trips, she’s taught her son how to play catch, kill bugs (“with minimal screaming”) and created many more memories that he would have had the opportunity to have if he had a dad.
It’s all her son talked about the rest of the day and he even asked her if she could wear a beard every day.
She said she shared the photo and her story on her personal Facebook page to let her friends and family see, but it has since spread like wild fire.
Kittrell told KUTV that the reaction she has seen has made her realize that she can help other single parents know they aren't alone by sharing her story.
“Being a single parent, or any parent for that matter, is a hard job. We are all doing the best we can.”