A few interesting quotes that made me think...
"I have learned that motherhood is as much about autonomy, independence, and self-actualization as it is about connectedness, dependence, and self-sacrifice. It's about taking risks and lashing ourselves to traditions, tolerating lightning-speed changes and mind-numbing boredom, juggling the practical along with the ineffable, and learning how to push through when life is so full of pain or bliss it hurts to breathe."
(page 244) -Ann Pleshette Murphy, from the book The 7 Stages of Motherhood
"Motherhood is the ultimate never-ending story; we may become less central in our children's lives, but we never separate completely and neither do they." (page 247) -Ann Pleshette Murphy, from the book The 7 Stages of Motherhood