Landing the Plane

The bottom line is, you've been flying for a while now, and your only job is to get the plane on the ground.

Monday, May 15, 2006

If it's not one thing...

it's your mother.

That's today's cliche that works.

Yesterday was mother's day, and all over the web, the regular news, and my apartment there was a lot of talk about mothers and families, as well as upcoming joyous milestones like graduations and weddings. If you haven't seen it, one of my favorite bloggers wrote a post about mother's day that really stuck with me. Link I especially liked one of the comments, I'll plug it in here in full, although without proper citation (sorry!):

"Here's what starry-eyed dreamers who prosyletize about mother-daughter relationships fail to understand: no one _wants_ to loathe her parents. As a mom, I know that kids are incredibly forgiving of the stupid shit otherwise loving parents do every day. Kids want to love their parents, no matter what., If a mom has broken that trust, and if her daughter can't stand her, there is a damn good reason for it -- which needs no explanation."

Too bad that's too long to put on a tee shirt. While on the subject of mothers, I'm looking forward to reading Deborah Tannen's new book You're Wearing That? : Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation. The reviews and press on this book looked really interesting, outlining that the most common conflicts between mothers and daughters in the US center around clothes, hair, and food. Sounds about right.

Also, New England is grey and bleak and under water after 4 straight days of rain amounting to 15" in some places. Supposedly this is just the beginning of the rain and flooding, more is to come over the rest of the week.

So today I have a sinus headache from all the water and air pressure, and I am thinking long deep thoughts about mothers and children, the passage of time, beginnings, endings, family obligations, and rainy days and mondays always get me down, and so on.

This isn't a blog about all that though. This is supposed to be about landing the plane, finishing grad school, and writing up a storm. Sometimes though life gets in the way. I will go back to landing the plane tomorrow.


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