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|Keywords||Mother-Daughter Relationship, Parenthood|
|Summary||A mother reflects on the significance of her daughter’s anticipated departure for college. She compares how she felt before the birth of her daughter--unable to imagine what life would be like with her--and how she feels now, unable to imagine life without her. Since her birth, the child has been an essential part of the mother’s life, "like food or air . . . like a mother."|
A sensitive reflection on one of the important landmarks of parenting in contemporary American culture--the loss experienced when children first leave home, often never to live there again.
|Place Published||New York|
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