FOF BBFs

The Clinton Girls

When Hillary Clinton was in Vietnam during the last few days, an artist there presented her with a jewel-encrusted portrait of her with daughter Chelsea. The piece was modeled after a photo of them taken when they were in Vietnam together in 2000. The gift was in honor of Chelsea’s upcoming nuptials to her longtime boyfriend at the end of the month.

I have no idea if I’m correct, but I would bet Hillary and Chelsea are friends. I’d guess they confide in each other, have fun together and respect each other tremendously. We sure have different relationships with our adult sons and daughters than we had with our moms. Moms used to be moms to their kids. That was it. Today, we’re a whole lot more, including mentor, pal, therapist, sounding board, and sometimes even boss.

I love hanging out with my kids a whole lot. I know they wouldn’t want to be with me 24/7–or even 12/3–but they know I’m here for them whenever they want. After all, that’s what friends are for.

4 Responses to “FOF BBFs”

  1. Heather Chapple says:

    I do sometimes wonder how we became so much more?

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  2. Preppy 101 says:

    And it’s so wonderful to get to that point that we are best friends, mentor, advisor to one another!, etc. During all the wedding planning that my daughter and I just finished {her wedding was June 12}, she realized that I was doing quite a bit as she lives in Maryland and the wedding was here in Tennessee. Anyway, a got a little note of thanks for all I was doing with a little plaque that read “Evan if you weren’t my mom, I would go out of my way to be friends with you.” Little did she know that she made my day!! xoxo

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  3. Geri says:

    Toby,

    we need to figure out how we can do something together.

    G

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  4. Toby Wollin says:

    When my kids were in high school and just going nuts to get their drivers licenses and access to the car, I told every single one of them, “My job as a parent is to keep you alive long enough so that you’ll get smart enough to take care of yourself and keep yourself alive. Until that point, your life is in MY hands, so you will not get your license until I say you do (which was when they turned 18 and after they’d been through drivers ed and a full year of practice in the worst that Upstate NY can throw at a driver).” Once that happened, I told them, “I’ll always be your Mom, but I can’t BE your mom . You are a big person now and will have to make your own decisions. I do hope that you like me enough, though, that you think of me as a friend that you can ask for advice. I won’t take it personally if you don’t take the advice I give you but I do hope you’ll ask.” So far, it’s worked.

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