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Quote du Jour: "Our Mother/Her Mother/Our Self" (Buffy, Joyce, Dawn)


"Before all else, we [women] are daughters. Our relationship with our mother is one of the most influential in our lives and it is never simple. Even when we have been separated from our mother at birth - or later by death or circumstance - a deep and inexplicable bond connects daughter to mother, mother to daughter....
[Call it a late Mother's Day present....]

"As adult daughters, this bond may be one of profound ambivalence. We may still be blaming our mother, trying to change or fix her, or we may be keeping our emotional distance. We may be absolutely convinced that our mother is 'impossible', that we have tried everything to improve things and nothing works....

"The problem is that these are cardinal signs of being stuck in this key relationship. They are signs we have not negotiated our ultimate separateness from our mother, nor have we come to terms with her separateness from us. If we are still blaming our mother, we cannot truly accept our self. If we are still fighting or distancing, we are reacting to the intensity in this relationship rather than working on it.

" And if we fail to carve out a clear and authentic self in this arena, we won't have a clear and separate self to bring to other important relationships....whatever goes unaddressed and unresolved in our first family will go underground - and then pop up somewhere else, leaving us in a more shaky, vulnerable position with others.


"We hear much about how a mother impedes her daughter's separateness and independence. We hear less about the daughter's own difficulty in experiencing her mother as a separate and different "other", with a personal history of her own."   -- Harriet Lehrner, Ph.D. The Dance of Intimacy (1989)

This is terrific. Marvelous selection of illustrative stills.

Thanks hon! I'm very glad you like it. I spent WAY more time on this than I should have, but I kept thinking up another image and then another....

I did have several still of Sheila and Willow in Gingerbread (and then linked that to W/T later) but I decided it was just too much to take on at one time.
This is lovely. I especially love the last two pictures, I never noticed how similar those scenes are, and it's a great parallel.
I especially love the last two pictures,

Thanks! I'm glad that worked for you. Those two were completely last-minute; I'd hit the post button, walked away from the computer thinking I was done and realized that no, I didn't want to leave the story "unfinished". I wanted a more hopeful image at the end to bring it together. ("ETA" seems to be a habit with me.)

BTW, how is your post The Gift fic coming along?
I hear you about ETA - it's so funny how things like that work out so nicely. And it's coming along (slowly) and creeping towards almost done - thanks for asking! Right now it's in the "I need to let this sit a bit so I can re-read and make sure everything makes sense.
I hear you about ETA - it's so funny how things like that work out so nicely.

I just wish my brain would put this stuff together at the get-go. I must be fandom's Queen of the ETA. (Gotta try to put a nice spin on it, right?)

Right now it's in the "I need to let this sit a bit so I can re-read and make sure everything makes sense.

See, I tend toward the other extreme of letting things sit TOO long, and then my brain moves on to other things in the meantime. (How many metas do I have in my notebooks just sitting there? And at least one fic.) Have you let your beta (reader) look at it?
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I love this. The words are just so compelling and insightful and the caps are spot on. How did I miss this one? Wonderful piece.