Motherhood: 37 years/Tucson: 12 years

How have 37 years gone by so quickly?

On Sept. 25, 1977, my beautiful daughter was born, the first newborn I ever held.

On Sept. 25, 2002, I drove into Tucson at sunset. “I don’t know what I’ll do now but I did it,” I said to myself. I had driven cross-country from Maine, without a job, without a place to live. I was 56 years old.

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Thirty-seven years ago today there was no question what I would do. I would love my new baby girl. Watching her was my greatest joy; it still is.

Mama Sheila and baby Brook

Mama Sheila and baby Brook

Being a mother has taught me more about myself than anything else.

Sometimes being a mother and being a daughter get mixed up.

Today I realized that only two tangible things were left to me by my father: a beach blanket that we sat on during our summer vacations in Atlantic City and a manilla envelope with my name scrawled across it.

(What do you call these cardboardy envelopes? Anyone know?)

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My mother seems to pop into my mind on her own, although she died 28 years ago.  No tangible reminders necessary.  I’ve mostly separated what’s me and what’s her — but still, she’s here.

I’m so proud of Brook. She knows who she is. She’s the most articulate, smartest person I know, and she’s funny. Really funny.

There’s still a lot I’d like to do. And after 12 years in Tucson? I’ll never get over living in the sunshine.  I’ve made a lovely life for myself. And I hope to keep learning about life from my kids.

Our very own pool!

Our very own pool!

 

 

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4 Responses to Motherhood: 37 years/Tucson: 12 years

  1. sydvinflynn says:

    What a nice article! Really liked reading it. Sydney

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  2. Riki says:

    I used them to carry sheet music when I played piano. I think we just called them portfolios. Great swim picture, She!

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