Is Your Mom Your Guru?

12 Sep

While my blog’s focus is mother/daughter relationships, I must divert temporarily. I recently read and connected with Anderson Cooper’s contribution to the “Blessings” column in the September 2011 issue of Good Housekeeping (

I was immediately intrigued by the introductory blurb, “Talk show host Anderson Cooper found his anti-aging guru close to home: his mother.” Guru and mother—what an interesting connection.  While he has come to this heartwarming description of his mother’s influence, like most children, he did not always recognize her impact. He admits that “There were times during high school when I wished my mom were more conventional. My friends’ homes had kitchens full of home-baked cookies….”She’d been an actor, designer, businesswoman, painter and writer: she’d worked hard and achieved remarkable success.”

Cooper’s mom, Gloria Vanderbilt, has had an effect on many people. And, it is obvious that she will continue to affect her son, whether or not she is alive. Her impact is awesome and inspirational. Cooper helps us think about what makes our moms special. He makes his relationship with this extraordinary woman something to which we can relate. And, it is the type of relationship I aspire to have with my own children.

My mom was a guru of many things, but most importantly and just like Anderson Cooper’s mom, she continues to be my spiritual guide.

In what way is your mother your guru?


One Response to “Is Your Mom Your Guru?”

  1. Deborah the Closet Monster September 13, 2011 at 11:38 pm #

    This is actually the topic of my entry for the Monday after next, inasmuch as it can be said to have a “topic”! 🙂

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