It's a hard thing to put into words, but a teacher named Elizabeth Stone may have nailed it. She wrote: "Making the decision to have a child - it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body." On this episode, the tie that binds...and sometimes, chokes.
For more on the show, and our guests...
We'll hear about a comedy star in Quebec who thought she knew her mother. What Lise Dion
would find, rifling through an old trunk, was the story of a stranger: a nun, imprisoned a Nazi work camp. Her book is called, The Secret of the Blue Trunk.
The CBC's David Gutnick
brings us Lise's story.
Later on the show, in his novel Straight Man
, the writer Richard Russo
weighed in on how children see their parents. He wrote:
"The world is divided between kids who grow up wanting to be
their parents and those like us, who grow up wanting to be anything but
. Neither group ever succeeds." Tha
t was fiction. This is real. Russo's memoir, Elsewhere,
is about about life with his mother - a woman who insisted that when he went away to college, she would go too.
Finally, Anne Lamott
returns to Tapestry. The best selling author speaks to Mary about her new book, Stitches: A Handbook and Meaning, Hope and Repair
. As usual, Ms. Lamott has some tough words for Deity.