Undoubtedly, there are other routes to learning the wishes and dreams of the presumably opposite sex, but I know of none more direct, or more highly motivating, than being the mother of sons. But a mother-son relationship is not a coequal one, is it? For a mother the project of raising a boy is the most fulfilling project she can hope for. Every mother hopes that her daughter will marry a better man than she did, and is convinced that her son will never find a wife as good as his father did. I like to think the women in my son's future are counting on me. Happy is the son whose faith in his mother remains unchallenged. The love and nurturing from our mothers plays an important role in shaping our later years.