Little Girl Grown:
Daughters Look Back
I hadn't anticipated receiving letters from daughters who had gone through crises in their teens and survived, but I did—so many that I decided to include a selection of them to show how they perceived the difficult years mothers were also writing about. These were the stories that offered the most hope to me, since they provided the wisdom of a glance back on adolescence. Based on their messages, I will never stop believing Ellen can recover and lead a wonderful life that satisfies her and reassures me that she is healthy and happy.
In three cases (noted at the end of these stories), the daughters of mothers who wrote stories included in the previous chapters offer their own perspective here. Reading about struggles from both the mother's and the daughter's perspective was a special gift, because it provided proof of the solidarity of maternal relationships, during and after troubled times.
As a career officer, my father would take my family wherever the navy needed him, which meant we moved frequently. I knew my mother didn't like it. She was born and raised in a very large, stable family, living in the same town until she married. My grandparents still live in the