Quotation by Anne Taylor Fleming

It was a lot to carry out of a childhood—all those textured layers of thwarted dreams rumbling under the fifties patina—but a lot of us did it. In those manicured lives and choreographed marriages there was an often-pronounced loneliness, an emptiness that we would try to fill with our own accomplishments. And our role, the one we would have so much trouble trying to shed later, was simply to be the best little girls in the world, the high- achieving, make-no-waves, properly behaved little kittens.
Anne Taylor Fleming (20th century), U.S. author and essayist. Motherhood Deferred, ch. 4 (1994).
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