It’s not easy being a student, and it’s made infinitely harder if you’re trying to further your education as a single mother. Balancing school and raising tiny humans presents tons of challenges, but when you’re trying to better your life and the life of your kids, you do what you have to do. It also helps when you have people in your life who’re supportive and understanding, who go out of their way to help you achieve your goals.
This was the case for 21 year old Morgan King from Tennessee. Morgan is studying therapeutic care at the University of Tennessee, and is a single mother to 3-month old Korbyn. Morgan says she usually leaves little Korbyn with her grandparents during the day while she attends classes, but on a day when her childcare fell through, she had to make the decision to skip class and stay home with the baby.
She emailed her professor, Sally B. Hunter, to update her on why she wouldn’t be in class, and it’s Hunter’s response that has everyone on the internet reaching for the tissues.
Told my professor I missed class yesterday bc I couldn't find childcare & this was her response. I'm literally crying. So blessed/thankful?? pic.twitter.com/3QaThJRXdo
— Morgan King (@morgantking) June 16, 2017
Morgan tweeted the photo of the response from her professor, and it’s already gotten more than 27,000 hearts and 5,000 retweets. In the letter, Hunter tells Morgan, “In the future, if you are having trouble finding someone to watch Korbyn, please feel free to just BRING HER with you to class.” She goes on to say that she would love to hold the baby while Morgan focuses on her classwork, and says that since she works for the Department of Child and Family Services, it would be preeeeeeetty terrible if she didn’t do that for Morgan.
WHY ARE OUR EYES LEAKING?!
Twitter lost it’s emotional mind, as Twitter is wont to do with these kinds of stories. And the responses from the internet have been so supportive and complimentary (which is a nice change of pace, tbh).
So much respect for her! Keep doing it for you little girl, we all support ya and we’re proud of ya!
— Sarah Skye Towe (@ToweSkye) June 16, 2017
I dont even know you Morgan, saw a retweet, but keep working hard. Inspiring 2 see young people going 4 it even with added responsibilities.
— Eric Arnold (@EricArnoldTN) June 17, 2017
What a beautiful show of humanity. Made my night. If only we could always be this kind & compassionate to one another. ❤Best wishes to you!
— Dorothy Zbornak (@DorothyZbornak6) June 18, 2017
A few days after her original tweet, Morgan shared an update, after she’d contacted Hunter to let her know that her letter had gone viral. And once again, the response from her professor was perfect.
— Morgan King (@morgantking) June 19, 2017
All together now: AWWWWWWWWWW!
Kudos to Morgan for continuing to do hard and amazing things for herself and her baby, and double kudos to Professor Hunter for being a supportive and helpful role model, for Morgan and students and single mothers everywhere!