Thoughtful Thursday – The Generation Gap

My mom and I had a great relationship. She was a mentor, my mom and a friend. I was blessed to be able to work with her for a year before she passed. We had a great time bonding that year and I learned just what an amazing woman she was.

I made a point of trying to create the same relationship with my daughter — mentor, mom and friend. It’s not an easy balance, but the one thing that I’ve noticed is that there seems to be less of a generation gap between my daughter and me than there was with my mom and me.

We like the same movies, books and music. I can look at the guys she thinks are hot and for the most part, they are (except for that too skinny guy from THE ACADEMY IS. . .).

We share a lot of similar interests. For example, my daughter recently attended a writers conference with me. For years she’d been going and helping out as a gofer, but this year she announced that she loved creative writing so much that she wanted to go to the workshops and learn about writing. She did and we were able to share time as fellow writers and social time with a wide range of women.

Women who had a lot in common despite some pretty wide differences in age.

I remember that as much as I loved my mom, I always knew she was “way” older. There really was a generation gap between us.

Not so much with this generation it seems to me. Or maybe what my husband says is true — I never grew up!

Well, if the price of being a Peter Pan is sharing some great times with my wonderful daughter, someone get me that funky green suit and hat really quick.

What’s it like with you and your parents? Do you feel as if there’s a generation gap between you?

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  1. I visited my daughter while she was working in NYC this past summer and we had no trouble doing things together. This type of relationship didn’t start until she went to college, though. Since then she texts me frequently through the day. My mother and I also bonded after I went to college and started teaching in the same district as she did. These last years I would call her every morning when she wasn’t staying with us. She passed away this past year and I still start to call and tell her something that I think she would find interesting.

  2. There was a huge age gap between my Mom and me. Of course, she was almost 40 when she had me, so that made a lot of difference. I think I learned what not to do with my daughter from my Mom. I loved my Mom but she had no idea of what to do with me. I was my Daddy’s girl from the time I can remember.I guess I just didn’t bond with my Mom. As she got older, I spent a lot of time with her and did a lot of things for her. We were a big family, but she always called me when she wanted something. I am proud to say I never failed to do whatever she wanted. My daughter and I have a relationship much like you and your daughter. We may be miles apart but we talk on the phone almost every day. I am visiting her right now as she is having her baby girl TODAY. She is at the hospital now. I am baby sitting my grandsons so I am busy. They are a handful. Have a great day and hugs to all.

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