Parenthood, Actually: Empty Nests
I know that I said these same things to my own mom. "I can't wait to get out of this town." "I'm going to BE somebody." Like Kristi, I didn't realize how those words might have -- and must have -- affected my mom until I was a mother myself. This post talks about the child-parent relationship, growing up, her son and a heartbreaking story about hummingbirds. You don't want to miss this one.
I know at times it felt to my mother like I was abandoning her, turning my back. And perhaps, in a way, that was the case—but it was in no way intentional, nor meant to hurt her. In my mind, I was merely eager to spread my wings. I loved her so, and I still do. Everything I am as a woman and as a mother today is because of her strength and how much she influenced me. I admired her in a way that I could never put into words. Our personalities are so similar, especially in those volatile younger years, sometimes we would clash. Normal, right?
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