In my previous post I wrote about how my dad had influenced the course of my life, but what about Mom? Well, she was at home, doing the Mom-thing, which was worrying about me when I was traveling around Europe by myself. But the best thing she did was NOT to lay a trip on me about going to Europe as a 19 year old on her own, even though it must have been dreadful to see me fly off to the unknown. And those were the days of no internet, no emails or mobile phones, and normal phone calls were prohibitively expensive. Communication was infrequent; how she must have suffered, and there I was, having the time of my life, working and traveling, not realising until I was a parent many years later, what she must have gone through. Although I had different plans for my life than Mom did for her own, she always encouraged me to study, be independent, and to do my best, at the same time showing me by example how important it was to have a good family life.
Now as a mother I think that's all come good - our sons are very close to us, I've done the motherhood thing as well as having had two professional careers.
But one thought: when all of us are at home and I'm locking up the house for the night, as I put the chain on the door I feel happy that everyone is safe and sound. How will I cope when the boys leave for parts unknown? I don't think as well as Mom did all those years ago. Hats off to you, Mom! I will have to use you as an inspiration when the time comes.