వ  Format Kindle Download [ ৚ Mother Daughter Me: A Memoir ] ಈ Kindle By Katie Hafner ನ వ Format Kindle Download [ ৚ Mother Daughter Me: A Memoir ] ಈ Kindle By Katie Hafner ನ 1 August 2009 North on I 5 We the globe can compass soon, Swifter than the wandering moon Oberon in William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Nights Dream Whenever I arrive in San Diego, the first thing I want to do is leave Its the sun, which shines without mercy At the airport, Im surrounded by happy travelers streaming in from sun deprived cities, their compasses set for the beach and SeaWorld I want to stop them and ask if theyll take me home with themto Minneapolis or Des Moines, Seattle or Detroit San Diego is stingy with its shade, and the ever present sun makes me feel not lifted but low, unsure of my footing The summer sun, of course, is the worst, and today, in late August, its already relentlessly bright at 9 30 a.m To my relief, Ive arrived with plans to stay no than a few hours Im on a mission Ive flown to San Diego to help my mother carry out her plan to leave after nearly forty five years A seasoned mover some would say a compulsive one , Ive spent weeks helping my mother with the logistics, even recruited my favorite moving mana burly and jocular Irishman named Kieran, who specializes in transporting pianos but hauls around entire households, tooto drive his truck down from Northern California and collect my mothers possessions And now its time for us to get on the road and start the drive to San Francisco I take a taxi from the airport to my mothers house, and when I arrive, Kieran and his crew are already there, loading the truck with the possessions my mother has chosen to bring with her Among them are two pianosone Steinway grand and one Yamaha upright I pull up just as Kieran and two of his guys are rolling out the stunning Steinway, my idea of perfection embodied in a single musical instrument Cheryl, the professional downsizer my mother hired a month ago, is directing the movers and making a few last minute additions to the contents of my mothers Honda sedan, which Cheryl has packed expertly with several boxes of legal files, a Waterpik, various driving pillows, a couple of large exercise cushions held together with duct tape, paper bags filled with a months worth of various vitamins, medications, Metamucil, and at least a dozen rolls of paper towels I notice right away that my delicate, birdlike mother, for years reluctant to venture much beyond a ten mile radius from her house, is surprisingly calm, and I guess that Cheryl is the reason A large woman in her early sixties who towers over my mother, Cheryl gives the car a final inspection Then something happens thats completely out of characternot for Cheryl, I gather, but for my often skittish and always hyper cerebral mother Cheryl folds my mother into a lingering hug, then stands back, sets her large hands on my mothers shoulders, looks deep into her chestnut eyes, holds her gaze, and takes several deep inhalations Remember to breathe, she says, like a football coach sending a nervous freshman onto the field My mother nods obediently I climb in behind the wheel We wave goodbye to Cheryl and the movers and pull away from the house Pretty soon, were zooming north on Interstate 5 With nearly five hundred miles to travel, I hope to reach San Francisco in nine hours, a calculation trickier than your average Google Maps reckoning, as Ive had to figure in frequent restroom breaks for my mother Once were out of L.A and heading inland, we hit the southern Central Valley and long, monotonous stretches of I 5 But the miles arent boring to my mother, who sits in wide eyed wonderment at towns with names like Buttonwillow and Lost Hills For the past thirty five years she has been living with a bland engineer named Norm, their routines carved with exacting precision into every hour of every day Over time my mother became not merely unadventurous but borderline agoraphobic She seldom left her house except to go somewhere shed already beenhundreds of times Yet Id always known that a worldly, interested person lurked in there somewhere, waiting for a chance to break out Now she seems to delight in everything she sees For here we are, a seventy seven year old woman, her adult daughter, and a dozen rolls of Scott one ply Choose a Size paper towels, sailing toward a new life With each mile we clock, I see her body relax, her face soften In the car, my mother talks She talks a lot about the urgency with which she felt she needed to leave San Diego after so many years She talks about what happened with Norm, whose dementia presented, as a doctor would say, in the usual small ways at first, then escalated But it was Norms sudden and pathological allegiance to his fifty six year old daughter that ultimately drove my mother away Of course, shes rehashing a drama I lived through right alongside herall within the past few months Im familiar with every twist and turn of the tale, yet I understand that talking about it for the umpteenth time is something she needs to do So I nod a lot and punctuate the ends of her sentences with sympathetic sounds and the occasional Yes, its unbelievable or I know Crazy During a bathroom break at the halfway pointbreak number five, Im guessingI receive a text from Zo, my only child and for the past sixteen years my main reason for getting out of bed every morning Where are you Somewhere in the Central Valley, I respond Will you be home in time for dinner No Is it okay if I use your Visa card to buy flowers for Grandma Helen Of course As I drive, my attention toggling between my mothers Norm recap and my own freeway induced series of free associationsmostly about Zo, who is soon to be a junior in high schoolmy mother suddenly changes the subject Im going to take driving lessons, she says But you know how to drive My mother explains that she is in fact scared of driving, particularly on freeways She confesses that she never learned how to parallel park I never needed to learn, she explains No one in San Diego parallel parks Besides, when Norm was still in possession of his facultiesand even after he began to fall aparthe did all the driving I tell my mother Im impressed by her pluck Driving lessons sound so enterprising, so independent Its nearly 9 00 p.m when we approach San Francisco from the East Bay, and as we pass Oaklands baseball stadium, we see fireworks My mother is spellbound by the show Stop so we can watch she insists Stopping isnt an option Were not ambling down a country road on horseback, taking in a full moon Were in the farthest left lane of a six lane freeway in Northern California, 1.2 tons of metal traveling at 75 miles an hour But I do slow down a little, just in time for the finale Mom I say They knew you were coming I look over and shes smiling For a second, I think she believes it An hour later, were in my neighborhood of Lower Pacific Heights, and I turn each corner slowly so that my mother can take in the lovely old houses My mother has been to San Francisco only once in her life, and although its dark I hope she can see how beautiful it is herethe silhouettes of the mansions against the night sky the Golden Gate Bridge shimmering just beyond the hills crest We pull in to the garage and I unload the car Well be spending a couple of weeks in my apartment before we can move in to the house Ive found for my mother, Zo, and me, an experiment in multigenerational living that Im embarking on filled with high hopes As I walk through the back door, I see to my amazement that my soon to be sixteen year old daughter, who has never tidied so much as a square inch of her own room, has cleaned the entire 950 square foot apartment The place sparkles Not only has she decluttered, dusted, and scrubbed how did she even know where I keep the cleaning supplies but, knowing that I was intending to give my mother my own room until we move, she has made up my bed on the living room couch, complete with slippers set out on the floor At the center of the dining room table, Zo has placed an extravagant bouquet of roses, lilies, and peonies from a nearby flower shop I seldom dare enter for fear of its prices Propped against the vase is a handmade card Welcome Home, Grandma Helen My mother is overcome And so am I.The most raw, honest and engaging memoir Ive read in a long time.KJ DellAntonia, The New York Times A brilliant, funny, poignant, and wrenching story of three generations under one roof, unlike anything I have ever read.Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone Weaving past with present, anecdote with analysis, Katie Hafners riveting account of multigenerational living and mother daughter frictions, of love and forgiveness, is devoid of self pity and unafraid of self blame Hafner is a brightand appealingheroine.Cathi Hanauer, Elle A frank and searching account Currents of grief, guilt, longing and forgiveness flow through the compelling narrative Steven Winn, San Francisco Chronicle A touching saga that shines We see how years old unresolved emotions manifest Lindsay Deutsch , USA Today Hafners memoir shines a light on nurturing deficits repeated through generations and will lead many readers to relive their own struggles with forgiveness.Erica Jong, PeopleAn unusually graceful story, one that balances honesty and tact Hafner narrates the events so adeptly that they feel enlightening Harpers Heartbreakingly honest, yet not without hope and flashes of wry humor Kirkus Reviews An emotionally raw memoir examining the delicate, inevitable shift from dependence to independence and back again O The Oprah Magazine Ten Titles to Pick Up Now Scrap any romantic ideas about what goes on when a 40 something woman invites her mother to live with her and her teenage daughter for a year As Hafner hilariously and touchingly tells it, being the center of a family sandwich is, well, complicated ParadeBrilliant Mother Daughter Me is a beautifully written, intimately provocative, and courageous unpeeling of the deep rhythms of love, hate, fear, and redemption in three generations of females I love this book Louann Brizendine, author of The Female Brain An emotional whodunit that uses brilliant journalistic acumen to crack the code of old family secrets.Madeleine Blais, Pulitzer Prizewinning author of Uphill Walkers Heartbreakingly honest In a narrative that skillfully moves between her present predicament and her difficult childhood, Hafner offers a compelling portrait of her remarkable mother and their troubled relationship Kirkus ReviewsHafner writes with compassion and wit about the often uneasy alliance between mothers and daughters and the surprising ways in which relationships can be redeemed even late in life Booklist Mother Daughter Tube Search videos NudeVista Share NudeVista About DMCA Privacy Policy Terms of Use News Advanced Feedback Bucket List Susan Merrill Time is a vapor, it just floats away from us I realized that needed 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