A mother may always be a mother; but what about the woman whose children have grown and left her daily care? One part of the job of a mother is to anticipate and facilitate not being needed, to make ourselves unnecessary. Still, once we begin, we are mothers for the rest of our lives. When a tiny creature is clinging to you for life, it creates the kind of deep-soul entrainment that requires a Dali-Lama-level of grace to loosen. And yet most mothers still manage to do it. That is part of why I consider mothering a kind of spiritual practice.
I especially love these lines: “We suffer from a surfeit of information on child development and a complete lack of information on mother development. “Mother development.” The phrase even sounds odd.”
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