A Good Mom, a Progressive Mom, a Cool Mom


At Catapult, Rachel Klein shares her experience as a mother of a transitioning child:

I was worried, like most people are at their core, about myself. I was not being a “good mom,” a “progressive mom,” a “cool mom”; I was being a self-preserving creature. I was worried, not about their identity but about mine. I didn’t want a moment I couldn’t control. I didn’t want to look up one day and see a person I didn’t recognize. I didn’t want to lose my child. No parent does, but that’s also not the point of being a parent. Being a parent means, at some point, being able to look on as your child writes their own story, a story in which you play a role but which is ultimately not about you.

Guia Cortassa was born, lives, and works in Milan, Italy. After working as a Contemporary Art curator, she went back to writing. She is a contributing editor for Ondarock and her writing has appeared on Rivista Studio, Flair and the Quietus. She compulsively tweets @gcmorvern. More from this author →