Erica Jong's Daughter says "Thanks Mom!"
You might have heard about the recent controversial editorial by Fear of Flying author Erica Jong criticizing attachment parenting. Thank you to JewishMOM Rachel Tal of Toronto for sending it my way.
I read Jong’s editorial, but what I really loved was the response by Erica Jong’s daughter, who thanks her famous, feminist, airport-hopping mother for enabling her to choose to be a stay-home mom. (Erica Jong and her daughter Molly Jong-Fast are Jewish moms, by the way)
Molly Jong-Fast writes, “Ironically, it was because of my mother’s hard work that I have the life I do now. She worked hard so that the women of my generation could have the choice to work or to stay home. She slept in hotel rooms in San Diego so that I could cuddle with my own children. She spoke to large groups of women in Toledo so that I could work at the school book fair. We can devote ourselves to our work, or we can decide to be 1950s June Cleaver types. And that’s because of the sacrifices that my mom and her feminist comrades made.
My mother made sacrifices so that I could have choices, and perhaps that makes her a better mother than I will ever be.”
What a beautiful tribute from a Jewish mom to her Jewish mom.