By Katherine Anne Kindred
When Kate Kindred fell in love with Jim, she did not plan on falling in love with his little boy, too. Kate had planned on a childless life. But life and love don’t always fit into plans the way one imagines.
Jim had custody of little two year old Michael. A year earlier Jim had received a call informing him that Michael’s mother had lost custody of him. Jim had not even known of Michael’s existence, but was now awarded full custody. In addition to Michael, Jim had joint custody of a little girl, Elizabeth. His marriage to her mother had recently ended.
But this book is about Kate and her very special relationship with Michael. For six years Kate was Michael’s mother, in every way that matters, and Michael was Kate’s little boy in all of the same wonderful ways.
In “An Accidental Mother” Kate shares her special moments, even illustrating them with notes Michael wrote and pictures that he drew for her. She shares the joys and sorrows of raising someone else’s child. Sadly, that is her ultimate sorrow. When her relationship with Jim ends, Kate loses Michael, too.
This is a very poignant, touching memoir about a very special relationship. My heart goes out to Kate, and to Michael.