Mother, Can You Not?

“The mother-daughter relationship is a complex one…As a daughter, you have to respect that this woman grew you inside of her for nine months and then squeezed your watermelon-sized [body] out of a small, sensitive hole…Add to that unconditional love, diaper changing and years of vile bodily-fluid clean up duty, and there’s a lot to be thankful for.” 

-Kate Siegel

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After reading Mother, Can You Not?, I am thankful for all that Kate Siegel’s mother does. Kate Siegel began chronicling her mother’s antics on Instagram and in this book goes above and beyond highlighting the humiliating and endearing things that her mom does on a regular basis. Whether it is sending 111 texts a day (wow!) or talking about bras, turkeys, dates, and her past careers, Kim Friedman has made Kate’s life (and ours) a bit more hilarious. This book is an easy read and a great reminder how wonderfully unpredictable, and ultimately great, moms really are. While I am so glad that my mom is not as crazy as Kate’s, I am so glad that I had a chance to read Mother, Can You Not? – I appreciate my mom that much more! This book was a source of laughter (and a great reminder that Mother’s Day is just around the corner).

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