My relationship with my parents has always been a solid one. Â I like to say that in the cosmic lottery of parents, my sister and I hit the jackpot — Mom and Dad Â are kind, wise, ethical people whose love and counsel have helped me through more than one rocky period in my life. Â Â I think I always took that for granted when I was younger, but it’s fascinating how, as an adult, I have learned to think about them more consciously, to trace all the ways that their lived example has shaped and influenced me. Â And that in turn makes me think about the ways that I am influencing my own kids.
In the spirit of that, I wanted to share this great article Â called Go Ahead: Write About Your Parents, Again. Â It’s by Tarn Wilson, whose beautifulÂ guest-post about her mom was featured on this very blog last fall. Â It’s geared towards writers, but there’s wisdom for everyone here because it really explores the impact of our parents on our lives. Â One great quote:
All cultures have their origin stories, their creation myths, which reveal their foundational beliefs about human nature, good and evil, power hierarchies, and the qualities of a hero. Our family story is our personal origin story. When we examine it, we see more clearly the assumptionsâ€”faulty or inspiredâ€”by which we live.
If you blog or journal or write about your life, it’s totally worth a read. Â If you are a parent — or if you’ve ever had a parent — it’s also totally worth a read. Â Guaranteed to get you thinking.
The Mother and Sister of the Artist by Berthe Morisot