Patton Oswalt just said the realest things about raising his daughter alone after wife's death
Comedian Patton Oswalt became a single father in April when his wife, true crime writer Michelle McNamara, passed away suddenly. Since becoming a widower, Oswalt has been very open with how he’s struggling with grief and what its been like raising 7-year-old Alice.
Oswalt first opened up about the loss in May in a brief piece for Time, where he said, “She left a blast crater.” Since then, Oswalt headlined his first comedy festival since his loss and most recently wrote a piece for the December issue of GQ Magazine. In the piece, “The Year of Magical Parenting,” Oswalt recounted becoming a single parent.
In the essay, Oswalt revealed that he struggled with the idea of not being able to raise Alice on his own and even briefly considered sending Alice to Chicago to live with her cousins because he thought they wouldn’t screw her up in the way he would. Oswalt also opened about struggling to develop a routine so he wouldn’t miss the little things like missing school forms, getting the right food, even buying socks. He says,
Oswalt has vowed to keep going through all the missteps because Alice and his love for Michelle. He said,
While heartbreaking, the GQ essay is moving and probably incredibly cathartic for Oswalt. It’s also such an important essay for single parents struggling to raise their children. We have no doubt that Oswalt’s outspokenness is helping thousands of others in the same situation. It’s clear how much he loves Alice and with him as a parent, we’re sure Alice is going to grow up to be an incredible person.