My adult son and I communicated regularly and he asked for advice quite often. When he got married, I knew our relationship would change, but I made a plan – an outward effort of an inward “heart” issue.
At the wedding rehearsal dinner, I wore a cute apron with the word “Mom” across the top. I created a slideshow of his milestone moments growing up and ran it on the screen to a song I sang to him as a child, called “Apron Strings.” I then took a pair of scissors out of my pocket and to the gasps and sighs of our guests, I cut the apron strings and presented them to my new daughter-in-law, saying “He was tied to mine for almost 30 years. Now, I cut these and present them to you. May you both bring each other peace and happiness and abundant love, and I pray I never forget my place in your life.”
I did this after listening to your program for many years and hearing the complaining from mothers who had never learned to let go. Life is good when you acknowledge your place and role in it.
My Son Grew Up and I Let Go
The Dr. Laura Call of the Day Podcast