I love the man who loves his mother

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

I re-read Rick Bragg and every cell in my body is alert with affection and admiration for this man's affection and admiration.  Bragg wrote his classic memoir to put his family's story down, and to honor his mother.  He wrote with unabashed love. 

What woman doesn't love a man who unabashedly loves? 

Why don't more men understand the seductive lure of straight-up loving?

All Over but the Shoutin':
I believe I was drawn to those stories because of her; because of all the lessons my mother tried to teach me, the most important was that every life deserves a certain amount of dignity, no matter how poor or damaged the shell that carries it.  The only time I ever made her truly ashamed of me was the day I made fun of a boy from a family that was even poorer than us.  His daddy had shaved his head to cheat the lice, and I laughed at him, made fun of him, until I saw the look in my momma's eyes.

So, this story is for her, as have been, in small ways, all the stories I have ever told and the method in which I told them.


Heather@The Flyleaf Review said...

I read this book in a women's studies class in college and LOVED it. Growing up in the South was one reason, but it really is just a beautiful tribute to mothers and women everywhere:)

And one of my favorite type characters in my reading, YA or Adult, is the man who loves his mama. Travis from 'Something Like Normal' comes to mind. It's an irresistible quality to me and ranks right up there with a guy who loves kids:)

patti.mallett_pp said...

I will look for this book! Thanks for sharing. My youngest son comes to mind. With no shame he professes his love for his mama - always has. :)

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