I WILL NEVER REALLY KNOW MY MOTHER, BUT I’LL TELL YOU WHAT I DO KNOW

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  1. Thanks for sharing your memories of your Mom with us. She and I were born just months apart. I have a couple of friends who seemingly have had more than nine lives too. At some point, it’s no longer shocking how many near-death experiences that some people have. Do any of your friends or family members ever call you Elisabeth? Was your Mom artistic like you?

    1. Thanks for sharing Pete and so true the kinds of scary lives some people lead! My father’s side of the family and my father called me Elisabeth for years. And around my teens my dad switched to “Lib” as well, maybe because it was easier 🤣 My grandmother always called me Elisabeth and now only my Uncle John, who is quite traditional, still does. And I actually love it. Yes my mom was actually an artist herself and I’m pretty sure that’s where I get at least some of my talent. She used to show me how to sketch with charcoal and I remember she drew this amazing elephant right before my eyes once. Thank you for this reminder, I should do a post in this series perhaps art-related and mention this. Thank you Pete, I hope you’ve been well 💖💖💖

  2. I’m so glad you decided to write about her – her story really intrigues me and in some ways fascinates me. Her photos are so pretty. I honestly see a woman who lived life on her own terms and challenged everything, even challenged death by living on the edge. Although I understand that she may not have been able to provide a peaceful environment for children to thrive in. It breaks my heart that you still have unanswered questions about her. I also hope that this series gives you clarity on ideas for a book about her and also, you. I can image a fictionalized story about her, you and your sister – spanning over decades – each woman’s life journey impacted by the other’s.
    Looking forward to reading more posts in this series!

    1. Thank you Moksha! And wow I love that perspective of her challenging everything, that’s a really empowered way to see it. And yes, her life and our life with her was quite cinematic!! It would make an incredible movie or TV mini-series 🤣 Thank you again for suggesting this. I didn’t want to at first but now I’m so glad I did and I can’t wait to release more!! xoxoxo

  3. I love that you’re starting this series, Libby! What a great idea from Moksha! I enjoyed learning more about your mom and through learning about her, I feel like I am starting to learn more about you too (seeing that complex relationship you had with your mom).

    I must say, I always thought I was the only one who didn’t know much about their parents (I blamed most of it on our language barrier and just coming from a culture/family that just didn’t ask a lot of questions) but it was kind of refreshing to see this be your experience, too.

    Thanks for sharing her pictures, I love looking at old photos and wondering what the subject was thinking about at the time of the picture… so fascinating!

    1. Ohhh I’m so glad you like! There’s a part of me that wonders why anyone would be interested in my dead mother. But honestly, anytime I’ve ever shared about her with anyone over the course of my life, people have been so lovingly intrigued, which I so appreciate. And I think bc I’m so close to the situation, it’s easy for me to take it all for granted. So I really love that I’m doing this bc I think it’s just giving me an added level of healing ❤️‍🩹 thank you Jen!! xoxox

  4. I’ve missed reading your posts during my absence, Libby. Thank you for sharing about your mother. This mama stuff is touchy…a minefield for me, as you know. I find your writing and your collage art to be a tribute and a journey to understanding and forgiveness. Looking forward to reading the series (and so excited about next week!) 💜

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