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Mothering without a Mother…

“And yet my identity… exists in a complex matrix of inter-generational love and loss, colored by what I remember of my own mother’s life and death, and complicated by the survival techniques I relied on afterward to manage on my own.  My relentless self-sufficiency, my fear of dying young, my love of all things predictable and safe…”

This passage is taken from Hope Edelman’s book, Motherless Mothers (Edelman, Hope.  Motherless Mothers.Harper, 2006).

I have had this book on my nightstand for months.  I finally opened it today; not sure I was ready to face what she had to say about raising children as a mother without a mother.   Having read her first book, Motherless Daughters, I knew her words would resonate with me, some soothing my mind and others raising doubts and fears that perhaps my parenting has been adversely impacted by my loss.