The internet is going nuts for Whitney Kittrell’s Facebook post about “Dads and Doughnuts,” the dedicated Utah mother detailing how she dressed up as a man so she could attend her son’s school event, FOX 5 reports.
“When I became a single mom over three years ago, I made a promise with myself that I would do anything I could, even if it meant going out of my comfort zone, to give my kids a ‘normal’ life and the same experiences as other kids,” the St. George resident wrote.
While that’s ordinarily meant playing catch and “killing bugs with minimal screaming,” that promise would lead to her drawing on a contemporary dad goatee, putting her hair up inside a baseball hat and even tossing on a pair of signature sweatpants.
“When my kindergartener came home with a paper saying that they were having ‘Dads and Doughnuts,’ my heart kinda sank,” she shared. “I finally sat him down and asked if he wanted to ask his grandpa to go. He just smiled and said, ‘No. I want you to go. You’re my mom and dad.'”
When son and pseudo dad showed up to school, Kittrell admits to there being some awkwardness, but the ice was quickly broken by her son, who explained to his friends, “This is my mom … she’s my dad too so I brought her!”
The day of papas and pastries was a success in more ways than one, with Kittrell getting some confirmation that her trip outside her comfort zone was worth the facial hair.
“When I went to leave, (my son) ran after me and hugged me tight around my neck and whispered ‘Mom, I know that you’ll always be there and do anything for me. Thank you. I love you,'” she recalled. “He kissed my cheek and ran off.”