Can a mother/daughter ever be truly lonely living among the past and future versions of herself? Read More
First, let me say this is an excellent article and so meaningful to me. When my daughter (who lives with me with her 5 year old daughter) reads this, she will insist I wrote the article. It's exactly what I would write if I could put our relationship on paper. Having raised my two daughters (from age 1 and 3 years) totally alone, working to climb the ladder to support them in the right fashion, there wasn't much time to really know one another.
I came to that realization only when I began having grandchildren and was able to listen to everything they say, interplay with them for hours at a time--something I wish I could have done with my daughters. We were given that gift when I was able to retire and enjoy my family for which I am truly grateful.
Thank you so much for this wonderful reminder. God bless.
I LOVE this comment. I'm thrilled you relate. And, I'm happy you're having a good experience in what we both know can be a deeply freighted experience.
Thank you, Pamela. You enjoy as well!!
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Pamela Cytrynbaum teaches at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.
When and how should we open up to loved ones?