The best part about a summer vacation is the extra time I have to read, read and read some more! While in Mexico a few weeks ago, I started Glitter and Glue: A Memoir by Kelly Corrigan, and I cried at just about every chapter’s ending. The book is that moving, super touching and just the right amount of funny.
When Kelly decides to take a trip to Australia after college for fun and experience, her mother fills her with doubt and shows no excitement or support for her daughter. Kelly brushes it off, and lives off the statement her mother has made clear for a long time, “Your father’s the glitter but I’m the glue.” For Kelly, her mother was right; she was boring and couldn’t understand Kelly’s need for growth and adventure. She was not going to stay home and live an ordinary and mundane life.
While in Australia with her friend, Kelly has to take a live-in nanny job because the girls run out of travel money pretty quickly. Rather than cutting the trip short and going back home, she decides to help a newly widowed father of two young children. She spends her days with the two, wondering about their deceased mother and how life had been unfair to this family. As she works through minor hiccups with the children, her mind wanders to her own mother and starts to understand her in a whole new light.
I thought a lot about my mom while reading this book and realized how inconsiderate I was during my teenage and young adult days! I almost never gave her any updates of my life and closed her off many times thinking she would never understand. I also thought about my sons throughout the memoir and wondered how I could flip things around to be a little bit more glitter. Will they remember me as a stickler who isn’t spontaneous enough and simply annoying??
At the end, Kelly Corrigan brings her readers back to present time and now that she is a mother herself, and struggling with health issues, she has some clear insight and beautiful words for the mother who truly has been glue…the strongest one, actually.
Let me know if you pick up the book! Would love to know what you think!
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