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Session Four: Thinking with “Maternal Connections”

Thinking with a Story “First, let’s focus on what was evoked for you. What did you think and feel as you read? Did Carolyn’s story arouse any stories or issues of your own? How did it affect you?”

For a moment, there is silence. Then, suddenly, hands go up. Art moves around the room, calling on different students. “I thought of my mother,” says Jan, “and how she took care of my grandmother. I was fortunate to be able to be there to help her. The experience was almost identical to what Carolyn describes. I caught my breath a couple of times as I read through tears, laughter, and memories of how fond I was of her.”