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Link to Rob Lowe’s Unprepared on


Yesterday a beautiful excerpt of Rob Lowe’s latest memoir, Love Life, was published by Slate magazine. Having thoroughly enjoyed his first memoir, Stories I Tell My Friends, I’ve already pre-ordered Love Life after reading this.

Unprepared is a touching window into Rob’s thoughts on sending his firstborn son on to college across the country.  As I read each excruciating line, the lump in my throat grew. This is exactly how I feel about sending my girl to Dalhousie University in the fall. No matter how grown up they get, no matter how prepared for independent life they are, no matter how confident you are about the place to which they’re moving, parents love our children as young adults just as much as much we did when they were babes in arms, and the loss we feel when they go off on in the world is profound.

“My work here is done” feels too… final. Unfair, even.

Author: natalie

Although full of opinions, I often find myself nodding and smiling. Don't you? Doesn't mean I agree. I'm just being polite.

2 thoughts on “Unprepared

  1. I’m not too familiar with Rob Lowe beyond a handful of movies and his role on The West Wing, but I thought I’d mention that he did a great job narrating two National Geographic TV documentary series, one about the 1980’s and 1990’s. Look for “The ’80s: The Decade That Made Us” and “The ’90s: The Last Great Decade?” … they’ve been running the 1990’s one recently, and the 1980’s one has been re-run at least once, that I know if.

    • He’s quite learned and thoughtful, I’ve enjoyed both his memoirs. Did you read his article? I’ll definitely look for those documentary series! Thanks.

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