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Above all, Wynonna says her relationship with Naomi is stronger because they accept one another for who they are. "She has a different reality than I do," Wynonna says. "Rather than get stuck in the muck of the stinkin' thinkin' of, 'Well, you did this and you did that,' I listen to her."
In fact, Wynonna says she wants to tour to have the opportunity to understand Naomi as a person, not just a mother. "I used to say, 'If it's not one thing, it's your mother,' and make jokes," Wynonna says. "I feel like this is a chance for me to really know who she is. Because before I was so reactive and I was so worried about just trying to survive and stand up for myself and push back and now I'm like: 'I release you. I let you go. I love you.'"
Naomi says she's proud of Wynonna. "I love what Darwin said: 'It's not the strongest or the smartest of us that survive. It's the one that's willing to evolve and adapt,'" Naomi says. "I always tell her she'll go far. Flexible, adaptable, resilient."
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