Mother – grief

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My mother’s father passed away when I was 15 years old. Two years before his death, he was hit by a truck when he cycled home from the rice shop. […]

Mother – anger

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My mother rarely raised her voice at us or physically punished us. But on those rare occasions that she became angry, her anger was often abrupt, explosive, and unpredictable. She […]

Mother – illness

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My mother rarely went to see the doctor. Every year, she received an electronic appliance or audio device as the reward for never using the insurance. The only ailment that […]

Mother – indifference

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Recently I asked my mother if she had known I had an eating disorder as a child. I told her that she might have thought I was faking, but I […]

Mother – parenting method

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My mother was not overly strict with us, but she rarely praised us or encouraged us, either. She never prodded us to do homework, to achieve higher academically, or to […]

Mother – in the mirror

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I often saw my mother sitting in front of the dresser, smoking a cigarette. She’d be facing the mirror without looking into her reflection. She inhaled with a small pop […]

Mother – work-life balance

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My mother returned to work at the kindergarten after each birth. She was popular among the children, and my sister and I grew up to meet people who were in […]

Mother – babies

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My sister was a honeymoon baby, my mother said. She was born in 1973 as one of the second baby boomers. My father wished for a son to inherit the […]

Mother – daughter-in-law

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My father was the fifth born child of six and the elder of the two boys, so the tradition of primogeniture determined he remained to live with his parents. My […]

Mother – proposal

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There was one man who pursued her. He was a part of the group of friends she hung out in Tokyo. With them, she went to Utagoe Kissa and had […]