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Hank Phillippi Ryan | A Mother-Daughter Love Story–EVENTUALLY.
Uncategorized / July 28, 2009

Do you get along with your mothers? Do you get along with your daughters? I know you’re speaking the same language—but how well do you understand each other? I know I’m all grown up—I’m a veteran TV reporter with 26 Emmys–but there’s still part of me that turns into a little girl when I’m around Mom. And I want to please her. But it’s not always easy. When she first started reading FACE TIME, the newest Charlotte McNally Mystery? She was not pleased. At all. She called me—I’m in Boston and she’s home in the Midwest. I could tell, instantly, it was not going to be a fun conversation. You have to imagine the "Mom" tone. Perhaps, you’ve heard it. Maybe you’ve used it a time or two yourself. Turns out, Mom was unhappy with FACE TIME. Very, very unhappy. To be sure: Mom is terrific. She’s just over 80, and is absolutely beautiful. An artist, a reader, a wonderful intellect. (She doesn’t have a computer, so she’s not reading this.) I’m her oldest daughter, and any psychologist will tell you that can cause some friction. So anyway. Why was Mom mad? She thinks I’ve “used her for art.” It’s…