As I awaited the outcome of my mother ad, I realized there was a huge likelihood that no one would answer. Why would someone reading the personals in search of a romantic connection be intrigued by the possibility of a surrogate daughter? How would I feel when I checked my email and saw no takers? I allowed myself to be inspired that my ad was out in the world perhaps reaching someone who might imagine herself in the type of union I'd proposed. And if not, I reassured myself that I could still move forward without a mother--that I had done it all of my life.
It was not until I discovered the first letter in my box that I considered what I had begun.
Dear ??? I am a mother and grandmother, and occasional one-on-one mentor to younger people. How can I help? Willing to email. Mentor Mom
For those of you who are new to my blog, I began to chronicle this mother ad story in a few May posts which described my decision to place an ad for a mother in The New York Review of books as well as the process of writing the ad.