I didn't plan on posting another Mother's Day link, but then I came across this blog post by a friend and fellow Catholic writer, Fran Rossi Szpylczyn, at her blog There Will Be Bread and decided that it was too good not to share:
How unlikely it all was. She was 43 when she gave birth to her daughter in November of 1957. When she missed her period and then missed another, she chalked it up to menopause. Then another and another. Things were not really storybook like, unless you think storybook like means a sad story.
There were the things done to her - the love of her husband that was so often and tragically expressed by furious anger, verbal assaults, physical release of all sort.
There were the things she did to herself - the chain smoking, the black coffee from 7am to about noon, followed by the pffft-pop of that first can of beer opened at 12:01...Continue reading...