I don’t like to write about things that I don’t know about. Ok, enough with the comments that I shouldn’t be writing anything. I am not a mom or daughter. But I have a mom that I have lived with almost 50 years and four daughters and six granddaughters so I been able to at least observe over the years some of those interactions and reactions between moms and daughters. They can have such scratchy relationships at some times but those gals always seem to know how to work things our better than we guys. It might have something to do with using those 20,000 words per day that experts have estimated the gals must get in daily to feel good.
Those brand new moms with their first babies are often more cautious than even the dads handling the baby. Watch them at the hospital. They love holding the baby but they treat them so gingerly like they are a China doll. Of course it doesn’t take more than a few score of diaper changes and baths before they can put them down on the changing table and get to it quick as a flash.
I know some ladies prefer not to nurse for good reasons but there is something special about those moms who do and that image of them holding their new daughter to her breast. I realize some would dispute that there are medical or health benefits to nursing but I think it does give that mom and daughter a special bonding that comes with it. It must be incredible to know that part of you is going directly to your child. We have a beat up small sculpture of mother and child doing that and it is one of my favorite pieces in our house.
When they a couple of years on them the moms seem to all know instinctively how to do all those arts and crafts things with their daughters. The paste, scissors and ribbons and such and they make these little collages and cut outs that you would think were going into the Lourve. The little girls all love doing those things and then showing them off to everyone who is sitting still and breathing.
Of course there is the entire drama and production around the getting dressed up as they move into school age. Sure they are still young enough that often it is just shorts and a tee shirt. But when holidays or Sunday School or other special events come along that little girl and her mom will be exploring through every option in the closet to pick out just the right outfit for the occasion. Moms love for them to look all frilly sometimes and those patent leather shoes top everything off. When a Dad tries to pick the clothes he is evitably told that whatever he choose just won’t do. We have to sense of fashion apparently. But it is in the DNA of those gals, big and small.
The day will come when Mom doesn’t go do the shopping for clothes for the daughter by herslf anymore. It doesn’t matter whether they are shopping at Wal-Mart or Neiman’s the drill is the same. You can see it at the stores. The two of them picking, putting back, selecting, eliminating and then the interminable trying everything on, and then again. I reckon that teaching the daughter how to choose the right outfit within the budget is considered a true neccessity for survival like learning how to start a fire and skin the kill. Of course when they arrive home the male side of the family is required to ooh and aah over the great deals and the style and how pretty everyone looks.
Then there is the whol ritual of applying make up. They start doing these around puberty and Mom is definitely the artist in chief. Usually the daughter will start off wanting to do it herself and take her cues from magazines, TV or movies or youtube I guess these days. For sure when they first start using the make up they use too much. Lordy, how many fights have there been over the eons between moms and daughters about the amount and use of the make up? Cleopatra probably argued with her daughter on how much henna to use or ground sand to apply for just the right look. Those young gals always go through about two years of trying to look about 5 years older than they are before they settle down before college.
The kitchen is a whole other matter. When they are little the daughters love to “help” in the kitchen by playing like they are cooking also. They get all the equipment from the toy store and are happy playing. But they tire of that after a couple of years and they usually don’t have much interest in Mom’s cooking as long as it is there on time and meets their perceived dietary wishes. Those vary with weight from time to time. Some decide to lose weight when they are only 14 or whatever even if they don’t need to. Mostly they don’t show much interest in cooking skills during those teenage years or even into college. But, but, but give them a few years down the road and they start remembering all those really great meals Mom could fix and they decide they wish they could fix a pot roast like Mom’s or stroganov or whatever it is they remember being so good. Then Mom gets those phone calls asking for directions about how to fix the dish and they soon are sharing with the Holiday meal preparations.
Moms and daughers as the years pass are talking about their families, friends, their worries and their happy moments. They really do share in ways we guys will never relate too. They often become friends which doesn’t work when you are raising them. They can pass a quiet and very pleasant afternoon just drinking tea and visiting with each other the whole time. We guys run out of topics pretty soon but they never do. Their relationship is special as it should be. You will be blesse and learn about life if you get to observe those Moms and their daughters even from the cheap seats.
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