"My mother has always been a real support to me, although there were many times she would just shake her head and say, 'My child, my child.' Still, when everyone told me I should get a certain kind of job or do this or that, she was my advocate. 'Leave her alone. Let her do what she wants,' she would say. She accepted that I was different and always encouraged me, although every once in a while, she'd pull me aside and say, 'You'd better have a plan.'
"When I would get frustrated and upset, she would take my face in her hands and say, 'Go ahead and cry. But once you get it out, say to yourself, 'What am I going to do next? What am I going to do tomorrow?' and I could pull myself together again. I remember her doing that so many times."
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