“Happy is the son whose faith in his mother remains unchallenged.”
Louisa May Alcott (1832 – 1888)
But what happens when our mothers are less than what we need or expect? What happens to our expectations of what we could or should have?
My mother did not have a mother to nurture and guide her in becoming a woman and a mother. Her mother passed on when she was 15. But I truly believe she should have been able to absorb what she needed to know by then.
My mother was the complete opposite of what you would expect of a mother and want as a guide into womanhood. She left me isolated, confused and terrified of life in general.
But then, I began to reach out into the world and discover there were many people who were kind, generous and loving. They were the ones who shaped me into a kind loving person.
So just because our mothers or our parents in general can’t be what we need them to be, we can find solace in others who come into our lives and become more rich in the process.
In fact, it truly is the challenges in life that shape us into who we can become.