Mother’s Day 2021
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers here in the U.S. and, of course, around the world! This is the first Mother’s Day in which my own mother is not here. Next month will mark one year since her passing. I wanted to repost this story I wrote for my blog several years ago. It put life in perspective for me – then as now.
“I almost lost you before you were born – twice.” How do you respond to something like that from your own mother? Especially when you’re only 9 or 10 years old? I don’t recall what started the conversation. My parents never held back when it came to subjects like babies and sex. I don’t know what brought us into that discussion, but my parents were incredibly forthright about such things. They figured I should find out from them, rather than from kids at school, television, or anywhere else. I certainly wouldn’t learn the truth about babies and sex from the Catholic parochial school I attended in the 1970s. Deep down inside the Catholic hierarchy knows that sex is pretty much how humans have reproduced for millennia, but openly hates it.
Once, when I was about 10 or 11, I asked my parents what happened in X-rated movies, and they told…
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