For me, nothing has ever taken precedence over being a mother and having a family and a home.
The only place I've felt was really my home is my cabin up north. There's something in the water there that connects me to that place. There's also this sense of isolation and loneliness about it that I've never been able to shake.
So much of my sense of who I am is tied to mothering. When they left home, I fell into a huge, empty, black hole. Your children are grown and your career has slowed down - all the stuff that took up so much attention is gone, and you're left with expansive time and space.
I've been thinking a lot about next year, which will be the first time in 25 years that I don't have a child at home.
When I am home for like a two-year stretch, I get antsy, because I want to work.
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