Recognizing Today's Dads
Boys And Easy Bake Ovens

The End of Your Life Book Club

ImagesBeen reading this beautiful book which weaves together a son's love for his mother with their mutual devotion to literature. Came across this passage last night:

"There's also still a schoolyard stigma to being perceived as overly attached to your mother. I think it's far less pronounced today than it was when I was growing up, but it's still there. Most of the men I know freely admit to loving books about sons coming to terms with the lives and legacies of their fathers - books like Big Russ and Me by Tim Russert and The Duke of Deception by Geoffrey Wolff and The Great Santini by  Pat Conroy. But those same men are a little more embarrassed about loving books like The Color of Water by James McBride or The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer, maybe talking about the first in terms of what it says about race and the second for its depiction of the joys of bar life, when both books really, at their hearts are about the fierce bond between a mother and son."



First, thank you for a salient, balanced view on what we moms of sons juggle today. I am writing a book about my sons' journey since diagnosis with a rare stigmatizing disease. The medical demands we face have necessitated he and I often being closer than a mom and teen boy might otherwise be. Being together twelve hours a day a few times a week, in cars, waiting rooms, hospitals and labs often exhausted and dehydrated has also ensured that we become pals, guys, sidekicks together, without conventional roles at all. I have debated the 'health' of this outcome, but will struggle less with it now thanks to your work. With gratitude.

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