In a recent interview Patti Davis discussed her relationship with her Mother, Nancy Reagan. They went through LONG years of NO communication. It seems that as Patti matured, she discovered political differences with her parents. Living in Liberal California and being the age where she was more influenced by her peers than her parents, she not only disagreed with their philosophies,but did so in a very public way.
Nancy reminds me a lot of some very strong influences in my life, including my Mother. There is no way, but their way and don't you dare to disagree. The difference in opinions was bad enough, but the fact that Ronald had high political aspirations compounded Nancy's disapproval of her daughter. It was one thing to disagree with her, but then to also take public shoots at the man she loved-that was the last straw.
At any rate, Patti said the tide finally turned when she apologized to her Mother. The relationship was not automatically healed, but the process began. The bridge that finally spanned the river of anger and hurt was President Reagan's illness. The family pulled together to love and support him and Mrs. Reagan during those difficult years. How well I remember Mrs. Reagan breaking down at her husband's graveside and the embrace of her children as her grief poured out.
Mother/Daughter relationships are an interesting study in mankind. I have listened to my friends as they have spoken of their Mothers. One common theme I hear between the lines is that we all desire our Mother's love, approval, and blessing. They are the MOST IMPORTANT relationship in our life. As that relationship goes-so goes our relationship with so many others. Unless we make a conscious effort-the natural path we follow OFTEN is the one learned at our Mother's Side.
Do you think of your Mother and how she has influenced your life? What are your thoughts on the importance of our relationship with our Mother?