Still a Girl: The Side of Our Mothers We Refuse to See

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Still a Girl: The Side of Our Mothers We Refuse to See

Illustration: Arati Gujar

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y mother does not like to talk about her life before she became my mother. She simply does not care for anecdotes. Snippets from her former life therefore, slip into our conversations in the most unsuspecting ways.

It was only on my last visit back home that I found out that she listened to U2 when I was playing “With or Without You” in the car and she started humming along. I had no idea she had a gang of girls she’d hang out with in college until she told me she needed help opening a Facebook account, so she could connect with them. Each new nugget about my mother’s life has surprised me. So one day, I turned to her old photographs to supplement the blind spots I had about her life before motherhood.

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