Used to be, it was easy to ignore your mother. When the caller ID kicked in, you simply didn’t pick up. If she left a message, you accidentally “forgot” to check. … Not that you had anything against the dear woman who gave you birth! You just didn’t have the time, that particular moment, to deal. Lately, however, as Doree Shafrir and Jessica Grose’s “Love, Mom: Poignant, Goofy, Brilliant Messages from Home” attests, mothers have found a new way to break through the protective cordon that their grown children throw around their private lives. It’s called e-mail; and even a mom outfoxed by Twitter can whip out an e-mail subject line with Zorro-like flourish. Here’s one: “Remember Me? Your mother? Call me.” And another: “hi i want grandchildren.” En garde!
- Liesl Schillinger, NYTimes online
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