Bio: I was born and promptly identified as someone's daughter. I was also a granddaughter, a niece, a cousin, a neighbor, and (my mother assures me) "just perfect". Over time I was identified as a friend, a confidante, a student, a co-worker, a boss, a girlfriend, and then a fiance. When I was thirty I married and became known as a wife. By the time I was forty we had five children and I was known as a mom. (That was a busy decade.) Those identities all had to do with myself in a relation with another person. They were not about me. Now that I have moved into the second half of my forties it seems that more and more I choose the freedom and joy in not identifying myself in relation to anyone else but rather the simplicity of being finally Lynn.