Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Slate: Older Moms: How their decline impacts their children

http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/doublex/2013/01/older_moms_how_their_decline_impacts_their_children.single.html

While I don't link to this as an endorsement that women should marry and have children as soon as possible it is an interesting piece by an author who discovered herself on the receiving end of a trade-off her mother made in having her later in life (42) rather than younger. 

In other words, at some point freedom for you can become a bondage to someone else, whether or not you planned it that way.  Or as Marjane Satrapi noted at the end of Persepolis, freedom has its price. At multiple levels it can feel as though we Americans either don't want to concede there is a price for the freedoms we grasp for or we do not like paying that price if we recognize it.  In some cases the price that is paid for our freedom ends up being paid in unanticipated ways by people we care about and who care about us.

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