I thought a bit about this last night. Both my grandmothers and my mother, through death or divorce were ‘on their own’ for protracted periods of time. My Nan was a widower for longer than she was married.
So I guess this is what has coloured my outlook somewhat. I grew up around (what I consider to be) very strong, independent women. My own mother is nearly 70 and continues to run two successful businesses. Everything she has, she earned and worked hard for. I am very proud of her and very grateful to have been raised by these women.