Thanks, Mom


An artist and a lawyer, my mom and dad were the original hipster-yuppies when they lived in Brooklyn 30 years ago. Soon after my brother was born, they kept real with themselves and retreated to the suburbs.

Last night, I told my mom that I never wanted to be a Park Slope mom on a diet or married to a Park Slope dad who looks like he’d
rather be in the office than splitting a muffin with his kids.

Her response: “We mock what we are to be.” Peri totally served me.

Okay, I said, I just never want to be a mom talking about how good Weight Watchers bars are in a Park Slope coffee shop.

To that she said, “I have confidence in you.”

It means so much to have parents who believe in you.

[image via Peri, “Self-portrait, 1983”]