On this December 25, Marilou, founder of 3 fois par jour, shared on Facebook a photo of herself, her cheeks in tears, accompanied by a text recounting the pain she feels in this “symbolic day”, as she drops her daughter off at her father's.
Clearly, Marilou embodies what many other separated parents may feel during this holiday season.
Her post was liked by more than 34,000 subscribers and shared 485 times by the end of the day on Sunday.
The approximately 2,400 testimonials she received in response to her post are messages of hope for support and understanding.
“With all my heart with you… my daughter has been with her dad since Thursday and is coming back tomorrow… Even after several years, it is still so painful, especially since it's not a situation that I had chosen… I give myself the right to cry too,” said a subscriber.
“My parents separated when I I was 12 years old . And I lived exactly what you live today as soon as I had to leave one or the other of my parents to go celebrate at the other's. I came to hate this party that brought up too many emotions. Life has been good to me, it has allowed me to reconcile with Christmas by granting me the happiness of giving birth to a son on Christmas Day, a surprise pregnancy!” said another.
The 3 Times A Day founder reminds her audience that “life goes on even though it’s Christmas Day. And life is not all about sharing, joy and ecstasy”.