Everyone imagines their life and their child’s will be a fairy tale, but that’s not always the case.
Single dad Matt Burke just opened up about his parenting journey in a heartfelt essay that anyone who’s struggled to provide for a family can relate to.
“We start thinking of the plans for the extravagant birthday parties,” he wrote in a now-viral essay “The spoiling on Christmases or other gift-exchanging holidays, the trips to Disney or Six Flags, summer vacations and the like. That’s all fun and good, but what happens when life flips the script and you get caught on the receiving end of being a broke, single parent?”
As the story goes on, Matt talks about how, as he often can’t afford toys or even internet access for 9-year-old Bailey, they’ve turned to books for entertainment and bonding. And most recently, the father-daughter duo has picked up the Harry Potter series.
What happens next is simply magical.
The story resonates thanks to Matt’s candor.
He’s been creative — and successful — at finding ways to entertain his little girl.
And their recent reading binge has focused on Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Hogwarts.
The story quickly found an audience online.
But of course, the real world-shattering surprise was when the “Harry Potter” author herself responded to the essay.
And of course, everyone promptly went nuts all over again once JK herself got involved.
But no one was more excited than Matt and Bailey.