You're the smartest and the prettiest and everyone else is jealous of you...
All we know of love comes from our mothers. Yet we have buried that love so deep that we may not even know where it comes from. If we have been wounded and have grown scar tissue over our hearts, we confuse the scar tissue with the heart itself, forgetting the wound that caused it.
~Erica Jong, What Do Women Want (1999).
My brain might implode from thinking about the logic of this too much, but I've been my own parent for so long that I'm not sure if it is possible to go back and fix the damage I did by not mothering or loving myself enough. An interesting paradox, to say the least.