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  • Dear Erin,

    If I can write letters to Kiki, I guess I can write one to you.

    I love that picture of you, almost lost on that huge rock. It was like a "where's Waldo" puzzle, looking for you.

    I loved seeing you mountain climbing; mountain climbing was one of the joys of my life that I severely miss in my dotage. You want some advice about mountain climbing? Winter camping?

    (Okay, failed attempt at a segue!)

    I have a love-hate relationship with advice. Two sets of words operate to switch between love and hate. They are solicited and unsolicited and appropriate and inappropriate.

    If I need help with something and I ask for advice and receive thoughtful, appropriate helpful advice, I LOVE IT! It's like receiving nectar of the Gods.

    If someone tries to force unsolicited unwanted poorly thought-out advice on me, I HATE it. And yes, there are shades of grey in the combinations and permutations of this.

    I also fear offering advice. I fear the recipient not want it or reject it and will resent me. Or I might give bad advice, based on an incomplete knowledge of the total situation and cause a problem. I can't see into the future.

    I'm afraid if I give advice, I won't be loved any more, and I have issues with abandonment.

    But if you want some advice, let me know. :-D

    I love you,

    Love,


    Mom :-D


    PS: Notes on the image: I drew the Advice as Nectar of Gods picture with pastels on brown pastel paper.

    PPS: I made the mistake of writing this directly onto Cowbird and it ATE HALF the story when I pushed save. NEVER AGAIN. :-(

    PPS: Cowbird ate the bottom of the story off a SECOND time.
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