January 4th, 2007

Coffee Squirrel

All About My Mother

I was re-reading "The Red Tent" by Anita Diamant. Almost done. I feel this is really...inspiring reading for every woman and every man who claims to love women. Really, really well-told story about Dinah from the Bible. Yeah: so many stories are sort of glossed over; women are ancillary creatures in a lot of religions. This book makes her a real woman, though. For those not in the know, Dinah was sister of Joseph of the sold-out-by-his brothers, amazing-technicolor-dreamcoat fame. I give you a quote and two stories of my own mother.

"The more a daughter knows the details of her mother's life --
without flinching or whining -- the stronger the daughter"
-"The Red Tent" by Anita Diamant

Now, I'm not gonna debate whether the quote is true. I don't always feel as strong as my mother. And she's said out loud that there are things I do that impress her. She's astounded by my waderlust, though she did some traveling for a bit before she met my dad and married. I do have some stories about my mom, though. I'm feeling like I should ask her more. I'm just wondering where the female epics are. What's up with the 'chick flick' stuff being the only thing offered? Most women I know have lead lives that are -- dammit -- EPIC. Perhaps that's the issue: too busy living to write an unapologetic, unsentimental telling of the arc of a life.