365 Days of Gratitude – Day 400!

Growing up…

From pig tales to messy buns, from being the teacher to being instructed, for sharing stories and opening up…

“To join the company of women, to be adults, we go through a period of proudly boasting of having survived our own mother’s indifference, anger, overpowering love, the burden of her pain, her tendency to drink or teetotal, her warmth or coldness, praise or criticism, sexual confusions or embarrassing clarity. It isn’t enough that she sweat, labored, bore her daughters howling or under total anesthesia or both. No. She must be responsible for our psychic weaknesses the rest of her life. It is alright to feel kinship with your father, to forgive. We all know that. But your mother is held to a standard so exacting that it has no principles. She simply must be to blame.” Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum

Here’s till tomorrow and looking at it from both sides…. and learning to chuckle.

 

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