It's fine to talk about what you think of the piece, but we'd like to focus on what the piece makes you think about. Some questions to start:
This piece is grounded in the provocative claim that our relationships with our parents can resemble idolatry. What do you think of that claim?
Courtney Miller Santo has suggested that "we don’t truly know our mothers. What we know is the version they’ve presented to us that allows us them to be a parent." Do you agree? If so, what do you see in your parents, grandparents or self that is part of playing the role of a parent?
This piece ends with a scene of restored harmony without a detailed explanation as to how the reconciliation came to be. What does the essay say about reconciliation? How do you think hard reconciliations happen?