Because I love her

by singlemomseeking on May 9, 2009


I’m in a new anthologyBecause I Love Her — in which 34 women explore the mother-daughter bond. And I just got home from my third reading this month, including a TV interview with Andrea N. Richesin.

Intense: these women really open up about their relationships with their mothers. And it inspires me.

Cool Mom Picks featured the collection this week, and the San Francisco Chronicle is featuring Bay Area essayists this weekend.

Journalist Regan McMahon writes:

Women recall incidents from childhood; things they remember their mother saying, doing or not doing; and examine how this affects what kind of mother they are. Some had a mother so loving, capable and unflappable, they fear they’ll never measure up to her. Others had a mother who was mentally ill, absent or died young, even at her own hand, leaving their daughters to figure out how to be the mother they never had.

And now, for the exciting news: Harlequin is giving away copies of Because I Love Her to FIVE readers.

How can you win?

Answer this question: What do you think that M and I are doing in the photo above?

[Edit: So many of you — below — already answered that one!… Instead, please send some love to a mother today, any mother, and tell us why you appreciate her]

Five winners will be chosen randomly with the help of

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Single Mom in New England May 12, 2009 at 12:52 pm

Ooohhh! Pick me! I just wanted to gush over the new book. I picked it up at Barnes and Noble and flipped to your story and read it. It was really amazing as I stood there at the book-covered table and cried! I couldn’t leave ’til I had finished your story. Unfortunately, I didn’t think I could justify the cost of the book, so I regrettably left it on the table. So I would love it! I’m sending love to my Grandma and my Mom who made me what I am today. A great (ish) single mom in my own right. Thanks!


Cynthia Gentry May 11, 2009 at 9:50 pm

OMG, this picture is so darned wonderful. I showed it to my husband, who said, “She’s really cute! Why didn’t…” I finished his sentence. I knew what he meant. “Why didn’t [local blogger] didn’t want to date her?” Because he’s an idiot, that’s why.

Happy Mother’s Day, beautiful Rachel and beautiful M.

Cynthia Gentry´s last blog post…Reading at Bookshop West Portal


T May 9, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Ah! I love seeing photos of you and M M. I love that little girl.

Happy Mother’s Day to you, sweet Rachel…. for doing it all on your own from the get go.

Love you.

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Legal Editor Mom May 9, 2009 at 5:18 pm

Rachel it’s rather obvious that she’s holding something up to your ears! (How sharp do you have to be to see that?) 😉

Anyway, I’d send a Mother’s Day Greeting out to my best friend Lisa, a fellow single mom. Like me, she has one child who she adores and does everything for. Her son has special needs and unfortunately his father is not very supportive. In fact, he blames Lisa for the boy’s illness and makes matters worse by always finding reasons to criticize her and to be at odds with her about something! It’s very annoying, and makes her feel very insecure about her parenting. I’m constantly giving her pep talks and reminding her that she’s an awesome mom who’s doing the best she can, given the circumstances. I love her like a sister and want her to know that she is being thought of on this very special day…


Lex ~ laprimera May 9, 2009 at 3:23 pm

Oh… I’m late with the earring answer…

Mom’s day wish to Heather Spohr – May you always carry the joy and love of motherhood in your heart for your amazing Maddie.


Lex ~ laprimera May 9, 2009 at 3:20 pm

Trying on earrings?


GLSD May 9, 2009 at 11:30 am

Shopping for earrings 🙂 That’s a great pic. Shows so much love between the two of you! Happy Mother’s Day Rachel!


singlemomseeking May 9, 2009 at 1:05 pm

Oh, you all are SO sharp!! I was sure I’d “get” some of you… you’re on the ball.

Earring shopping indeed! (M was a bit disappointed at the end to find out that we were pretending — and I didn’t really splurge.)

To the rest of you who’d like the chance to win a copy of the anthology, here’s how you can enter:

Send a Mother’s Day wish to any mom you know. Tell us why you appreciate her.

Let’s hear it!


judy May 9, 2009 at 9:20 am

I look at this and think ‘quality time’ not action.

IOW we can be together with our DD or DS and be focused on the process/end result or we can be with each other still engaged in that same activity but focused on the relationship.

I see relationship/quality time in this photo. Perhaps there is earring shopping going on but the photo emits to me an ethereal bond of presence for each other shown through the eye contact, smiles, physical touch, at the same level, outstretched arms.


singlemomseeking May 9, 2009 at 1:07 pm

Judy, your comment has me in tears. Thank you.


connie May 9, 2009 at 8:50 am

Helping you pick out earrings.


Crazy Computer Dad May 9, 2009 at 8:11 am

I’m voting for earring shopping too.

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Mike May 9, 2009 at 7:43 am

I think you two are earring shopping.

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Buterflymom May 9, 2009 at 7:08 am

I think M is checking out your earrings or helping you get your ears pierced.

am i close?


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