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After the Children Have Grown

LATELY, I’ve been having some trouble figuring out exactly who I am.

Or, more precisely, who I will be going forward.

Parts of me have changed over the years.

  • MADELINE LEVINE
  • The New York Times

But my core identity has not budged in three decades.

I’m a mother.

Ful 4dWith my youngest son about to graduate from college, I find myself increasingly unhinged from that most fundamental view of myself.

When I give talks, I find myself flummoxed about when exactly to say, “I have three sons.”

This no longer feels like the most relevant part of me; certainly not for the…

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