Cooking with Marshmello: How To Make Chocolate Marshmello Pie (Mother's Day Edition)
There's been much ado about tiger moms in the news this past week, and I'll not add to it here. Instead, I've been thinking about a different kind of mother: a marshmallow mom. And I fear that I am one.
Yesterday, I was reading an interview with the writer, Maxine Hong Kingston, who at 70 expressed that she has one regret: she wished she'd spent less time writing and more time being present with her son as he was growing up. Though Kingston and her son were often in the same house at the same time, the writer was preoccupied with her characters and not really emotionally there, she tells a reporter. One time, Kingston recalls, "I gave my kid the whole plastic bag of marshmallows, so I could have 20 minutes to write."
I've done similar things with Max. And I too regret the times I'm there but not really there. I could blame perimenopause for causing me to be preoccupied, irritable, and tired a lot of the time, but that's too easy. Or I could argue that as a working mother (a redundant term), I'm never not working — whether it's writing and working at home or working on the home. But a funny thing happened over Christmas break. I got to spend lots of unstructured time with Max and Steve, and I realized that I've missed my family.
So the question is: how do you ignore the deadlines, the laundry, the thousand other things on the mental to-do list and really be present for those you love? I'm taking baby steps. I try not to resist the lure of the computer between 5 and 8 pm. Hey, it's a start.
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