Parenthood, Actually: Reviving Ophelia
The relationship between mother and daughter is difficult at times. One day it's as easy as kissing a boo-boo and, in the blink of an eye, we don't believe that our mothers can help us anymore. Cat of Taxidermy Worms dealt with these issues in a big way and her post is a tribute to the hard, dog-days of motherhood. It's hard, it's in your face but it's amazing.
Over the next few visits we slowly verbalized word by word the stories of other adolescent girls struggling in ways similar and all-together different than I was. The pages of that copy of Reviving Ophelia are stained with tears and tinged with the soreness of healing even now. As the days went on we paused and added a few words of our own here and there; "that's how I feel" and "what do you think of this?". Soon we were talking more and reading less. It wasn't a cure, but it was a start.