The Education of the Motherless Daughter

December 5, 2014 9:14 PM

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My mother departed from the earth the same way that she had lived on it -- ever accommodating to my schedule. I had just finished my last exam of the semester, but the day marked my graduation from childhood at the age of 19. My plans, my relationships and my character forever rerouted as I entered the tribe of the motherless daughters.

"For a long time, it was all you needed to know about me," wrote author Anna Quindlen, who lost her mother at the same age. "A kind of vest pocket description of my emotional complexion: 'Meet you in the lobby in 10 minutes -- I have long brown hair, am on the short side, have on a red coat and my m...

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