Canadian mothers and daughters share their love stories
CATHERINE AND CAITLIN DOHERTY
While they’re both prop stylists, Catherine Doherty and her daughter Caitlin are at opposite ends of what that means. Catherine, 51, is zoomed in, creating beautiful tabletops for food and decor photo shoots, while Caitlin, 31, is the wide shot, designing bold, unique sets for fashion features and celebrity profiles. With a laughing, back-and-forth rapport, the duo seem as much like sisters as mother and daughter. They totally agree that time at the cottage is the best, just maybe not on who’s more high-maintenance. What is your favourite thing about each other? Catherine: “I like Cait’s spontaneity. She keeps things fun, and there’s always chaos around the corner.” Caitlin:“I love Mom’s energy. We’re always laughing!” How are you alike and how are you different?
Catherine: “We both lose things all the time. We’re passionate people—we both have the wanderlust thing. How are we difffffferent? I’m a worrywart, and Cait never worries about anything. I’m always like, ‘What could happen next?’ A bomb could go offff and Cait would be like, ‘Oh, yeah, that’s fine.’” What’s your favourite thing to do together?
Caitlin: “To be at the cottage on the dock, hanging out by the fire or going on hikes.”
Catherine: “I love to hang out with the family [which includes Catherine’s other kids, Tara, 17, and Luke, 19], at the cabin. Our lives are so busy, so when we’re all together it’s really nice. We’ve had the chance to travel a couple times just the two of us, and that’s been really fun, too. We went to Mexico City recently.” How do you try to emulate your mom? Caitlin: “I’ve watched her approach things head-on. She’s taught me to face things without fear.” What have you learned from Caitlin?
Catherine: “To live in the moment. Also, I see the way she is with her friends— she’s got this little army of people surrounding her. I think it’s important to surround yourself with good women.”
FOR FUN What would you get your mom if money was no object? Caitlin: “I would pay for her to go on a year-long trip. Or a boat because she could sail around the world.” Catherine: “I’d hate sailing around the world.” Caitlin: “Oh, okay, never mind.” What do you think Caitlin would change about your style? Catherine: “She has been telling me for years to let my hair go white, so I took her advice and stopped colouring my hair.” Did your mom ever tell you to change your style? Caitlin: “No, I don’t think so.” Catherine: “I absolutely told you to stop plucking those f—king eyebrows.” Caitlin: “Oh yeah, you did do that. Thank you.” Catherine: “Stop it! They won’t grow back! It’s the ’90s; it won’t be the ’90s forever!” Who’s more highmaintenance? Caitlin: “Probably you.” Catherine: “I was going to say you! I’m so low maintenance. You like your massages and facials and stuff like that. We’re tied.”
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