WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Young Single Mother Tries To Start Her Own Christmas Traditions

Play associated audio
Domanik Thompson, 20, is spending her first Christmas as a mother at Borromeo Housing's Elizabeth House in Arlington.
Jonathan Wilson
Domanik Thompson, 20, is spending her first Christmas as a mother at Borromeo Housing's Elizabeth House in Arlington.

Many fond memories are created at home during the holidays, but for those without stable families or stable homes, the holidays can be particular challenging.

Twenty-year-old Domanik Thompson spent most of her teen years in group homes, foster homes and juvenile detention facilities. She says what she remembers most about Christmas time are family members who didn't follow through with promises to visit her.

"I always had people saying they would do stuff for me and they never did it," she says, "so I've had a lot of heartbreaks."

Two months ago, Thompson gave birth to a daughter, Armarni Thompson. Borromeo Housing, a nonprofit that helps young, homeless mothers took her in.

The stability has allowed her to resume efforts to get her high school diploma.

Jennifer Gajdosik, with Borromeo Housing, says Christmas can be a lot to handle for the mothers who come here.

"The moms are trying to create all their own new traditions here," Gajdosik says. "So they're starting out from scratch."

Domanik isn't sure which family members will be visiting this Christmas, but she says she just wants to make Domanik's first Christmas something special.

"Something that I can remember for myself, and say, '...Domanik, you did this for your baby!'" she says. "I wanna feel happy that I've done this for my baby and for the best."

She says it starts by being the kind of mother she never had.

NPR

Oliver Sacks, Renowned Neurologist And Author, Dies At 82

His book Awakenings, about reviving patients from a catatonic state was turned into a 1990 film. He also wrote more than a dozen other books, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.
NPR

Correction: Italians And Celiac Disease

A correction to our story about gluten-free options in Italy, the land of pizza and pasta. Italian children are not routinely tested for celiac disease, as we incorrectly reported.
NPR

Sanders Gaining On Clinton. '2008 All Over Again'?

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has the energy, the enthusiasm and now showing strength in the poll numbers as the Democratic nomination contest looks more and more like a race every day.
NPR

Uber Hires Hackers To Secure Driverless Cars

NPR's Rachel Martin reports that the ride-sharing service Uber is hiring experts to protect driverless cars from being hacked.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.