"Emotionally unstable, low self-esteem, immoral, violent, suicidal" - wow. Anne Smart Pearce (Forum, Feb. 23) has made me look at myself in a new light. I am all those things merely because my mother works.
If Ms. Pearce hadn't made her point so over-dramatically, I would still think I was well-adjusted and happy. Not that I realize how miserable I truly am, I can end my search for self-fulfillment.I can stop thinking about medical school, not only because it would be a burden, but also because I am a woman. And I used to think that in America, people could become whatever they dreamed.
I don't have to appreciate Gloria Steinem for her inspiring book on self-esteem. I'll never need to be grateful for a mother who taught me strong values, self-reliance and ethics.
Thanks to Ms. Pearce for showing me that, because my mom works, I am miserable.