1. I love this… very touching and makes me think of the suffering my mother went through as a child and an adult. I’ve always felt sorry for her and at the same time, it’s not that she didn’t have strength, it was just the wrong kind of strength. It’s hard to describe… anyway, great piece! ❀

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    1. Thank you! And I know what you’re saying. I admire my mother’s strength in a lot of ways, even though it was often aimed in the wrong direction. The point is that my mother wasn’t necessarily weak. She suffered mental illness, but goddamn it, she kept on kicking. And she is still kicking. I hate a lot of things about my childhood, being raised by her, but I love my mother. In lots of ways, I admire her. It’s odd, loving someone so fiercely that you abhor. Again, thank you. You mean so freaking much to me! ❀

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      1. Yes, I get that. I’m glad you have such a clear and positive perspective. I always try to remember that my parents had really rough childhoods that reflected in their ability to parent… I can forgive them because of that knowledge but they haven’t changed and I have to stick to my boundaries with them. Maybe it was some of that strength passed on to me that gave me the ability to recognize what I did and did not want my children to experience. I adore you, you are a rock star! ❀

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    1. She did. Living with my mother was tough. She made a lot of mistakes. But I love her so, so much. I’ve always been willing to take just a fraction of her pain, if only to ease her struggles. My mother is an extraordinary woman, if she doesn’t know it.

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