So I forgot to tell you about a story I heard in enlightenment class. It was about Indian men who are very religious and when they reach a certain age they leave their families(of course they are taken care of--that is a direct quote from Mr. Tolle!) and go to live alone in contemplation.
So could you imagine a mom doing that?? Oh sure, you kids are in high school or college now--see you all around! Ha, like that would ever happen. How do you think those Indian families are "taken care of" when dear old dad goes to find himself?? That's right-Mom.
I just thought it was a little ironic that men all over the world are pretty much the same. How many dads in the USA would like to drop out say when they're sixty? How many do in one way or another?
Not moms. Moms are there through thick and thin. Some of us are interfering control freaks until the day we die. Some of us are understanding and indulgent for their whole lives. Most of us are somewhere in the middle of those two extremes. You know where you are. But drop out of life at a certain age? Please, who has the time?