It’s not straightforward being a single parent. My child and I have been on our own for about six years now, and I wouldn’t sugarcoat how taxing life is when you’re raising a child on your own. Still, I like spending time with our son, and I make sure that our world revolves around him; Before his mom left the picture, I was going to school for a mechanical engineering degree, and working as a heating and a/c maintenance professional. The task paid incredibly well despite the short certification program. Plus, the minutes were unquestionably flexible, and allowed myself and others to attend our classes as needed! Shortly after I gained our degree, I became a specialist in our position with the heating, ventilation and a/c maintenance supplier that employed me. The work has allowed myself and others to maintain a highly flexible schedule so I can take care of our boy. Additionally, our director doesn’t mind if I bring our child along with myself and others to particular calls for work. Just the other day, our child and I went to a call in this gated community. The buyer was dealing with an unresponsive air conditioner, which proved to be a major source of irritation for the customer. While I helped calm down the customer, our child watched as I followed the order of operations for repairing a broken air conditioner. After inspecting the thermostat connections, I was able to determine that the thermostat was simply glitching and needed to be upgraded. The buyer was ecstatic to think that the maintenance was straight-forward, and commended myself and others for being able to swiftly address and resolve the problem. My child seemed inspired – that was the real pay-off for me.