Estefania Suquilanda

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    Hey Anita! I ponder that question every day, actually. I am a mother and i live with my mother and I’m close to my grandmother. I am surrounded by mothers and I say to myself, we are all here as mothers, as humans, as energy, and we all have helped each other get here. Without my grandma, my mother wouldn’t exist, and without my mother i would exist. And so, aside from all the difficult and painful experiences I’ve had with my mother and as a mother, I can say, to answer you questions, that a good enough parent is someone who tries to give a peaceful and loving environment to their child. Having the intention to try and really care is good enough for me. How do i know my parent was or is good enough? That question stirs a lot of feelings for me. However, knowing what i know now about my mother, that she is suffering just like I am and that what I do can impact her life as well, i know that she did what she could to give me a better life than she had, or atlas she thought she could. She was rarely affectionate and sure enough scarcely showed love. I think that the way she is as a parent is how she was raised by her parents and so on. It was all passed down from generation to generation waiting to come alive in the offspring of the mother. My mother grew up in a home filled with a lot of violence. Her mother was beaten up by her father who was a drunk and did not care about them. Her mother then remarried and my mother was sent off to boarding school. My grandma also grew up hitting my mother. Which in turn she hit my sister and i. She would always yell, and be angry, or happy only when she was drunk. I can understand my mothers suffering, she was raising two children alone in a country were the economy was never to be trusted or certain. She was good enough then because that is all she could do because that is all she knew how to do. There was no-one there to guide her or show her and say ‘ Hey I can help you, this is what you do to raise two kids in a low income situation”. She did not have that from birth and she sure did not have that then and now. Knowing that she had to no guide or love, how can i expect that from her? I can’t. As my good friend likes to remind me, its like shopping for oranges in the hardware store. My mother will never give me the love and guidance i longed for and still long for. I can sit and wait for the oranges to come to the hardware store until my last day here. The reality of it is that she can’t because she doesn’t know how to give love in the way I want. So i learned to see the beauty in her agony and accept her for how she is. I certainly don’t have to accompany her misery but feel true empathy for this being that has no love for herself or love coming to her.

    Being a parent has been life altering for me. For many years i neglected my child and was always angry as my mother was. I took her ways and hated myself and her for it. I blamed her for all my troubles and hated the world i created in my head. I hated my self and my life and i wanted to die. I wanted to cease to exist because i had never been taught how to love. I knew love was possible but i didn’t know the path to it. A few years ago i ended the violent relationship i had with my sons father and thats when i believe life started for me.

    For the past 2 years i have been training my mind to think differently about the pain i have bene carrying for so long. I learned to accept the sorrow and out down the pain to rest when needed. I learned to be aware, accept, love and let go. Being a parent is joyful, and heartbreaking, and all the emotions you can feel. Its such a wonderful and changing experience. All you can really do is try and just accept that good enough is enough.

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