Reflections on Identity

A Mother on Vacation Without Her Children

Learning How to Be Independent of My Children

Laura Friedman Williams
Published in
5 min readMar 4, 2024

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Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash

I watch from my lounge chair as a young girl enters the water, exploding into it. She is not tentative, as I always am, letting my feet acclimate to the cool wet sand, then edging forward so the waves cover just my toes, then ankles, then up to my knees…

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Laura Friedman Williams
Human Parts

Author of AVAILABLE: A Very Honest Account of Life After Divorce (Boro/HarperUK June ‘21; Harper360 May ‘21). Mom of three, diehard New Yorker.