Drum roll, please! Hot off the presses today, I have an essay in the new "Chicken Soup for the Soul” title, Thanks Mom: 101 Stories of Gratitude, Love, and Good Times. The book’s foreword is written by Joan Lunden, and the book features both scintillating but unknown writers like me and New York Times bestselling authors like Jacquelyn Mitchard and Brad Meltzer.
My essay, “Turning into My Mother” (#63, p. 197) is true to my passion for exploring life’s gray areas, because—and I know you’re with me on this one—my relationship with my mom has never been black and white. Growing up in a small town, I was in her considerable shadow for years and having broken away in my young adulthood, it’s both disconcerting and somehow comforting to find myself sharing some of her traits, while having rejected others.
Because I don’t accept advertising on my blog, there’s no live link to an online bookseller here marked BUY NOW, so I’ll only say that this is, of course, perfect for Mother’s Day giving (Sunday, May 9, 2010, in case you’re wondering). And that if you are fortunate enough to have an independent bookseller near you, please patronize them. They’re an endangered species. For more info on the book, go to chickensoup.com.
My wonderful mom, Suzanne Kullgren, has been very tolerant of my reflections on my life when the light of my reflections has hit her over the years, sometimes flatteringly and other times less so, but always with love. Because all kidding to the contrary, I am my mother’s daughter.
“I am grateful that I inherited her strength and resilience,
even if it comes with the rest of it. And who knows?
Perhaps one day I, too, will be a tough old broad.”