Moms and Other Maydays | Memoir

This peaked my interest because my upcoming memoir depicts an unusual mother-daughter relationship. Originally posted in LIBRARY JOURNAL Reviews on May 24, 2014:

May is notable for the proliferation of two things: pollen and greeting cards celebrating maternal love. Allergy season is short and ugly. As for the latter, there’s not much to do but wait it out and dose yourself with an antihistamine (and hope the “non-drowsy” formula is true to its label). Maternal love is a trickier and longer-term proposition. When it’s off track, which would happen more often than the greeting card companies would have you think, things get dicey for all concerned. This month, we hear stories about drunk moms, hippie moms, blind moms, stubborn moms, devoted moms–you get the picture. Let’s hear it for the moms and not so much for the pollen.”

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  1. Alaina

    Love the title. I was born in May to someone I refer to as my momster. Too bad I didn’t think of that title for my memoir, lol.

    1. I like the title too Alaina. I also like this post because it shows that there are different types of mothers than the ones spoken of on Mothers Day. Unfortunately, I had a mom-ster for a mom too. Are you planning on writing another memoir? Maybe you can bank this title for a future memoir.

      1. Alaina

        Maybe so. I still haven’t finished my memoir, so it’s not too late to change the title. But it’s about a lot more than just my momster so I think I’ll keep my Going Crazy, from Horror to Hope title. But man, writing a memoir is HARD. I first tried to write my story when I was in my early twenties. Now I have a granddaughter who just graduated college and will be taking grad classes in Harvard this summer. (And yes I am proud…. and also shocked.)

      2. I like Going Crazy, from Horror to Hope. I agree, writing a memoir is HARD. I thought I would be finished by now. Was thinking just yesterday about pushing the date back, yet again. Congratulations on your granddaughter attending grad school at Harvard!

      3. Alaina

        Thank you! When I was a young teenager in the late 1960s — more than a decade before PTSD was an official diagnostic label — I had a post-traumatic breakdown and my abusive parents put me in a state mental institution. That institution — which has since been closed and torn down — had routinely sterilized their patients, believing that the “mentally ill” should not have children. Thankfully, that practice was stopped shortly before I was incarcerated there. My Harvard-bound granddaughter, and all of my other wonderful children and grandchildren, would never have been born, otherwise. Just the thought of that sends shivers up my spine.

      4. God had a plan and a purpose for your life.

  2. I almost had to laugh Lynette. Lol, perhaps next year our memoirs will be on that list. ‚̧

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