Jennifer Coburn Quotes.

1. "Fear of dying young isn't an altogether bad thing. Sometimes it makes you try what you might otherwise delay."
- Jennifer Coburn, We'll Always Have Paris: A Mother/Daughter Memoir

2. "At forty-two, I was still holding up pretty well, but my once effortlessly lean body now look as though it belonged in a Dove firming cream ad -- the one where they give women permission to have thighs. When I unbuttoned my jeans at night, I swore I heard the same sound that Pillsbury dough made when I twisted the cylindrical container. My hair was beginning to gray, and when I smiled, the parentheses around my mouth remained. My least favorite position in yoga class was the downward dog because, as I hung my head downward, I always felt the skin from my face was about to splatter against my mat like a pancake batter hitting the griddle. So being called the top model by a young Italian was a wonderful souvenir, though cheaper than the toys sold outside the Pantheon in Rome."
- Jennifer Coburn, We'll Always Have Paris: A Mother/Daughter Memoir

3. "A trip to Paris had sounded so adventurous when I was first talking about it a year earlier. People spoke about the city with dreamy longing, as though Paris possessed a magic that could not be found elsewhere. I'd never heard anyone talk about Paris without sighing. The city was a Promised Land that held appeal for most everyone: artists, lovers, even people who just liked cheese."
- Jennifer Coburn, We'll Always Have Paris: A Mother/Daughter Memoir

4. "To know Paris, Bruno began, pulling on his cigarette, you need to relax, have a glass of wine, and enjoy life."
- Jennifer Coburn, We'll Always Have Paris: A Mother/Daughter Memoir

5. "Visiting Florence was like attending a surprise party every day."
- Jennifer Coburn, We'll Always Have Paris: A Mother/Daughter Memoir

6. "Okay, Jack said. I’m not really sure what you want from me. I want you to stop trying to deny every feeling I ever have, Jack.  I want you to stop telling me not to feel bad when I already do. I want you to stop telling me I look fine when it’s so patently obvious that I don’t. I want you to stop being so uncomfortable when things aren’t perfect that you immediately start trying to pretend they are. Even as the words were coming out of my mouth, I realized how unfair I was being. Yes, I wanted for him to accept my emotional reality. But only when it suited me. I also wanted him to tell me that the baby would be fine when it was what I needed to hear. At least Jack was consistent. I was a nut job."
- Jennifer Coburn, Tales From The Crib

7. "My mother owns the Drama Queen bookstore in the theatre district and has the Midas touch when it comes to producing off-Broadway gay theatre. Her most recent success was with the all-male musical Oklahomo! The entire cast was clad in tight leather overalls or fringed chaps."
- Jennifer Coburn, Tales From The Crib

8. "Rita switched gears to her favorite topic—sex. Her philosophy: What a mess, but so pleasurable. Speaking of confessions, tell us, have you and Jack been intimate again? I cringed. When I had your cousins, the doctahs told us not to have relations with our husbands for six weeks! So we had to call our boyfriends! Bernice quipped. You stole my punch line! Rita exploded."
- Jennifer Coburn, Tales From The Crib

9. "You know I’m mad about you and you’re the most fabulous daughter a mother could want. When you call me Mommy, it pushes my buttons and makes me feel older than I really am. Plus, you’re a precocious child. Why don’t you call me Anjoli? We weren’t like mother and daughter. It was more like two single women sharing an apartment in Greenwich Village in the seventies. Except I was five."
- Jennifer Coburn, Tales From The Crib

10. "I felt in Ann Arbor the same way I did in the city—like everything was happening and I was missing it all when I wasn’t there. I suppose there are several spots on earth where each one of us feels completely at home. For me, they are Ann Arbor,"
- Jennifer Coburn, Tales From The Crib

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