Life has a tendency to feel like a series of tug-of-wars between the things we need to do, the things we want to do, the things others want us to do and the things we should do. Nowhere is this more true than when you’re first cast out into the world as a young adult. Suddenly crushed by independence and responsibility, it feels that no matter what you do you’ll have to take on the guilt of disappointing others or yourself.
Watching the mom in this suffer from empty nest syndrome is painful. If you can, avoid watching this with your mother, either her, you or both of you will end up in tears. It’s tough to confront the loneliness of our own parents. It’s hard not to feel responsible in some way, even if there’s truly no one to blame.
Call your mom if you can find the time.