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Motherlode: essays on parenthood Paperback – September 1, 2014
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"Desert Daddy" was one essay in particular that opened my eyes to the realities of military family life. It is the story of a father of three small daughters who leaves them for up to a year at a time in order to serve his country. At one point, he admits: "'Serving my country' seems less altruistic and patriotic from the parent side, and feels like a meaningless platitude or excuse most of the time". This honest confession is remarkable, and I felt as if the writer of this essay was sharing one of his innermost secrets with me. Where else in society could he admit this feeling and not be seen as ungrateful?
Another essay in the book that gave me pause was "A Christmas Confession". I appreciate brutally honest confessions like these that show parents that they’re not alone. It reminded me of my own childhood. Once upon a time, my stepfather shoplifted mine and my younger brother's Christmas gifts one year. I suspected as much and asked my mom about it after opening my new presents, and when she confessed, I felt so guilty for enjoying the stolen gifts.
Motherlode is filled with essays from parents who explore new found truths, question old habits, and press on in spite of harrowing odds. I appreciate the transparency of the writers in this book, and I love every single story.
There are some interesting observations on what many parents believe to be the difficult stage-those teenage years. A must read for all parents.
Why is it that my daughters know precisely how to wound me ? "It will not always feel like this," I coach myself. We love each other so, yet we are so hard on one another.
I was in shock. I was totally in shock. I could not take in what had happened. I walked around in a fog in days. The funeral planning, the visitation, the funeral...all a fog. I look back and cannot comprehend a lot of what went on. I know I was there...
The tiny avocado sized human growing in my abdomen...
There are many moments of truths and realizations that highlight the parental and child situations. It is worthy of our study. It is worthy to be our guide and leisure read.