1. You had to be tough. You might have thought the spill you took on rollerblades was The Worst Thing Ever, but your mom would never indulge you in this. She’d seen far worse and she forced you to keep your injury in perspective.
2. You’ve never been squeamish about blood. Your mom handled every cut and fall with such grace that it never occurred to you that it was something to freak out over.
3. You learned that toughness is a vital part of femininity.
4. Even if you don’t already have kids of your own, you know exactly how you’re going to get them to obey the rules: your mom’s hospital horror stories. Don’t run down the stairs: your mom knows a kid who did that and his leg bent the other way. Don’t go outside without your gloves: frostbite makes your fingers turn black and fall…
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