Shannon Gale cradles her son Edison Gale to calm him down. “I spent 16 years working on my businesses," Shannon says. “But they aren't my priority anymore." Shannon is a single mother to her son Edison Gale. "We're best friends."

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Shannon Gale helps Edison, her 2-year old son, put on pants before they leave the house. Shannon, a single mother, founded and runs the Frankfort School of Ballet and Vibrant Life, a downtown store. "I spent 16 years working on my businesses," she says, "but they aren't my priority anymore."

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Shannon hangs the weeks "house blessings" on her refrigerator. 

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Edison pages through a Peter Pan pop-up book in his playroom. "I'm surprised I don't know who he is," says Shannon. "He is this person I have to discover."

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Shannon and her son get ready to the leave the house for the day.

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Shannon holds Edison's hand as they walk their dog, Moxie, around their neighborhood.

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Shannon nurses Edison in the grass outside the Kentucky State Capitol building. They stopped to play in grass while they were on a walk around their neighborhood.

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Edison hides a spoon as his mother guesses which hand it's in. "Being his mom is the most fun I've ever had," says Shannon.

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Edison mimics his mother as she clean up water that he spilt. Shannon said her son enjoys cleaning with her and helping around the house with their "house blessings."

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A candle illuminates Shannon Gale and her son, Edison, as she tells him a bedtime story. 

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