It was really amazing and it really did make me feel a lot better even though I have to admit every time someone says “you’re a good mother!” I reflexively think, HOW WOULD YOU KNOW. This is almost certainly my anxiety disorder talking, bolstered by three decades of interacting with my mother (see next post).
But even so, it feels good to hear it (every time I hear it, I think it helps me just a little to quell the NO YOU’RE NOT voice), so I appreciate how many of you said it, along with assorted other compliments. Also, a super grateful shout-out to the people who emailed me to say nice things, either yesterday or recently; you know who you are.
Y’all are just really good people. I needed kindness and you helped me; I hope I can do the same for you and others in the future. Actually, I think that might be something to bring up with my therapist: I think it would help to do something, even if it’s a small thing, on a regular basis to help other people.