“This eloquent book is subtitled “A Mother’s Memoir” but that’s not giving Kenison’s chronicle of her sons’ increasing independence its full due. It’s also about longing and fulfillment, taking stock of failures and achievements, a search for the elusive “something more” of one’s existence—and a reminder that life’s seemingly mundane moments are often where we find beauty, grace and transformation.”
Since my birthday was filled with very practical gifts this year (money), I treated myself to this wonderful book at the suggestion of my friend Sarah. The author, Katrina Kenison, eloquently recounts the process of letting go. It was particularly poignant for me since she writes about her sons in the teen years, one of whom is preparing to study jazz piano in college, just as my son is about to do.
As any parent of a teen (and any parent who remembers being a teen) knows, these years can be difficult.
All the while, you are hoping, struggling, trying to raise your sons and daughters into adulthood. Being a parent is the hardest job I’ve ever had. So to my mom friends on whom shoulders I’ve cried, thank you! To my own mom, thank you! (I often wonder how you survived all six of us!)
I leave you with this video. It is sure to move you and give you a sense of what this book is better than any description I can give.
Did you just have a birthday? If so, I hope it was a happy one. That was a touching video. It must be hard knowing that you will soon have to let go of your son as he leaves for college.
Wishing you a happy Mother’s Day.
Awww… *sniff* Happy Mother’s Day to you, Jane!
My sister sent me the same UTube video. Sounds like a book I need to read. You already do a good job enjoying and recognizing the ordinary days. Good to talk with you recently.