If there’s one thing we all know for sure, it’s that Mother/Daughter relationships can be complex. Anyone that tells you differently is lying (Gilmore Girls). I’ve been very fortunate to have a Mother (and Father) that not only provided love and reassurance, but guidance. It somehow seemed like they were always one step ahead of me in knowing what I should and shouldn’t be doing. And even though I’m an adult now, I still find myself dialling those 10 digits and asking both parents, what do I do? Help!?
The relationship I’ve created with my parents is why I picked up Kelly Corrigan’s memoir Glitter and Glue. I wanted to read a story about a daughter who had a Mom that stated, “Your father’s the glitter but I’m the glue.” You see, Kelly’s Mother was as tough as nails. There’s no negative connotation to that sentence, she just kept everything running smoothly by being very logical and by stating things pretty bluntly. She wasn’t 100% keen on the fact that after college Kelly decided to go on an adventure to Australia and work on becoming more interesting. But she stood by and watched as Kelly and her friend board the plane. Of course, becoming interesting has a cost and as her funds were dwindling, Kelly had to find employment quick or she’d be headed back home. So she decided to become a nanny, not knowing that meeting newly widowed John Tanner and his children would forever change the way she saw her Mother.
Sometimes it takes travelling halfway across the world to put things into perspective. Sometimes it takes meeting a family that has been robbed of the experiences we take for granted to make you take off your rose coloured glasses and start seeing things clearly. In this heartfelt memoir, Kelly doesn’t just share her experience, but makes you, the reader, sit up a little straighter and ask yourself if you really think your parents are out to hurt you or if their intentions are an effort to make you a stronger, better person. I think that Gretchen Rubin, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project nailed it when she stated,
“In this endearing, funny, and thought-provoking memoir, Kelly Corrigan’s memories of long-ago adventures illuminate the changing relationships between mothers and children—as well as everything else that really matters.”
With writing that’s insightful and graceful, Kelly Corrigan’s memoir Glitter and Glue will make you feel like you’re having coffee with an old friend. I can almost guarantee that the second you close the book, you will pick up the phone to thank your parents for all that they’ve done to make you the person you are today.