November 14, 2007

“I don’t understand the cruel tearing of motherhood. I often say that mothering is a unique occupation, and the only one in which you are trying to put yourself out of business. The whole idea of it is to spend whole decades trying to create (in the most labour intensive way possible) a whole new human being who doesn’t need you. It’s ironic that in the beginning, being a good mother is about carrying them with you, staying nearby, rocking, walking…keeping close and never letting them out of your sight, and then suddenly you have this whole almost adult person and being a good mother is suddenly about standing back and letting them just walk away and worse than that…pushing them to do it and then hanging around the house afraid to go buy milk because they might phone… It’s horrible.”

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee 


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