The Mother I Never Had to Be

While my brothers were sliding beneath the table in a restaurant in an effort to kick each other, or reaching over me or one of my parents to stab each other with their dinner forks, I’d invariably spot an older person eating alone. As I wiped my tears with a napkin, my mother would silently hand me a tissue.

Because of my mother, who handed me a tissue without making eye contact, I’ve never had to say to my own children, “Others have it worse.”



About Jane Wilson

Jane Wilson graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, was a trial attorney for 25 years and has served on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy on numerous occasions. She was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cleveland State University for several years and served as an Interim Associate Professor of Law in the clinical program at Case Law School. In 2009, she returned to the small southwestern Michigan community where she was raised, and wrote a novel.
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