I thought long and hard about sharing this story on this particular week, what with the date’s proximity to Valentine’s Day and all.
In the end, I just said, “Hell with it.”
Interpret as you will.
Parental relationships are complex. The viewpoint of a parent is often difficult to portray in a believable and valuable way, at least for mothers. I can only speak for mothers because I am one, and I know how complicated it can be to express the feelings and experiences in a way that rings true for the reader. While this short story bears no similarity to situations I’ve personally faced, I think the author did an extraordinary job of capturing the mother’s truth.