Imagine this scenario: you have lived a full life as a war correspondent, an aide to a president, a press secretary to a First Lady, and a leader in important social movements.
And just as you have retired to what should have been a comfortable life you are suddenly thrust into being a parent again.
That is what really happened to Liz Carpenter, once a key figure in the Lyndon Johnson administration in the 1960s.
But when her brother died in 1993, his three unruly teenagers came to live with Liz Carpenter. And she found herself, at age 73, a mother once again.
In her 1994 book Unplanned Parenthood Carpenter describes the unique challenges she faced. But she also had some wise and insightful thoughts about those Generation X people she was raising, and their peers.
So here now, from 1994, Liz Carpenter.
Liz Carpenter died in 2010. She was 89.
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