"Dear Mummy, you know that nothing can ever change what we have been & what always we will be to each other - only now you have two children to love & to love you - and Eleanor as you know will always be a daughter to you..."
So wrote Franklin Delano Roosevelt to his famously intrusive mother, Sara, as he was trying to appease her about his engagement to be married. It didn't exactly work. One historian referred to Sara's "severity of shock" over the news.
As Mama's go, Sara was a poster child for lack of boundaries. When FDR was a boy, quarantined to an infirmary with scarlet fever, she borrowed a workman's ladder, clambered up it, and peered into a high window to check on her boy. When he went to Harvard, she took an apartment in Boston. When she had a house built for Franklin and his new wife, she had her own bedroom placed between bride and groom.
When I talk about mother-son closeness, this is NOT what I have in mind! Still, whatever damage this smother/mothering inflicted, it somehow didn't affect either his masculinity, courage or leadership abilities. Making FDR one of many Great Mama's Boys in History.