Dear Dr. Laura:
When my children were little, you reassured me that my status as a full-time mom was not due to laziness, privilege or lack of ability to get a "paying
During those years, we struggled and budgeted to get by on one income. We raised six children. We went to the dollar matinee instead of first-run movie theatres. We didn't take a vacation every summer, but we loved to lay outside at night on pillows and blankets looking at the stars.
One year, our almost 17-year-old son was killed in a car accident. I was stricken with grief and pain. I heard about the guilt that parents feel at the loss of a child because they didn't show them enough love or didn't spend enough time with them. I never experienced that feeling. One thing I knew without a doubt was that my boy KNEW how much I loved him. Our memories were filled with tender times and crazy fun - all the necessities that money cannot buy.
Keep your voice loud and clear, Dr. Laura. Your words are wise and if heeded, will spare many a listener untold heartache.
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