Ditto

In 1995 a crazy old woman sat outside of my junior high school in her silver ‘84 Ford Bronco. I didn’t know she was there, and I would have wanted nothing to do with her if I had. She watched me walk out surrounded by a posse of skater kids; an unlit cigarette dangled from my lips. Rather than light it and die, I climbed in the car with her, mortified, and accepted my imminent fate.

It’s 2017. Last night I sat in my ‘13 Honda CRV and watched my twelve year old daughter walk out of her junior high school. She didn’t know I was there, and she would have wanted nothing to do with me if she had. I saw her walk out in a line of hurried, obedient students through the cold; empty handed and close-lipped. I watched her board the late bus from afar; proud and relieved. Rather than turn left at the traffic light and follow the bus, I turned right toward home, and established my destiny.

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  1. This piece definitely was stronger with a second read-through. It was lovely to see the parallels and differences between your relationship with your mother and you and your daughter. Well done in showing so much with so few words. 😀

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  2. When my son was 10 we moved (not for the last time) and he was having a hard time adjusting so I used to spy on him at lunch (in CA lunch is outside unless it rains) to make sure he was ok. I don’t think he ever saw me. He’s 21 now and I just realized I don’t think I ever told him this!

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  3. Great story! It took me back to my own junior high days and the mortification of being seen with family. 🙂 I love how you brought it full circle with your own daughter. It’s definitely a different experience being on the other side of those looks! 🙂

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  4. You did a nice job illustrating the different relationships that can exist between mothers and daughters. I feel like there should be more here though. I’d love to know what happened when you got in the car with your mother. What did you talk about? Did you talk at all? You could compare that to a later conversation with your daughter at home. But, this is complete as is, so I think I’m just being greedy and wanting more.

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