“Reckoning,” an essay by Julie Patterson

An essay published in the Same, Knoxville, TV

Navigating early motherhood is hard. Doing it without your own mother—because she dies unexpectedly when you’re in the throes of it—is perhaps even harder. In the wake of loss, middle-aged first time mom Julie Patterson considers whether grief dramatically changed her children’s personalities, or if her children’s personalities dramatically changed her grief.