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When Lauren, and then later my daughter, asked me how I managed to integrate kids with my career, I wasn’t sure what to tell them I wanted answers. I think I found some.
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Bowls of pasta, platters of chicken, and salads of all sorts were laid out atop the long dining table at my friend Sue’s house. Wine glasses were filled high and emptied quickly. Around the table women shared stories about their children’s senior proms, upcoming high school graduation activities, and plans for the future. We were having a reunion of the New Mothers Support Group and we twelve proud women had much to celebrate.
Tibi’s daughter was going to Georgetown to study engineering; Lisa’s son was headed to University of Colorado. Grace’s daughter would be attending college in Texas. My daughter was heading across the country to attend her dream school, Wesleyan University. Just the thought of her leaving could bring me to tears, so I tried not to think about it. Tonight it was hard not to.
These women, these other not-so-new mothers and I, had been gathering since the spring of 1996 when we had all given birth at Stanford Hospital. We originally met at the New Mother Training Class recommended to us by our doctors. Once a week, we sat in a circle sharing our concerns as a nurse educator led the discussion. It was like those consciousness-raising sessions from the 1960s, but unlike our mothers who had gathered to secure their place in the professional world, we gathered to figure out how to be mothers in spite of it.
We were a part of the sandwich generation that came of age after Betty Friedan, author of The Feminine Mystique, gave voice to the frustrations of millions of women by identifying “the problem that has no name,” and well before Sheryl Sandberg told us to “lean in.” Most of us had graduate degrees and we all had careers we’d worked damn hard to succeed in. Now we had children.
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