As Mother's Day approaches, I'm feeling a little lost. Late last year, my mom passed away. I'm also not a mother, myself. I have a dog, Kendall, that my husband accuses me of mothering. I'm bombarded with Mother's Day reminders from the radio, television, and newspaper, yet this year I have nothing to celebrate.
I've read the article in the NY Times on florists that cater to pet parents, but that's not my style. We're the ones who usually celebrate Valentine's Day with a picnic in front of the fireplace rather than pay the high prices at the restaurants.
Mother's Day was never a big thing around our house, but I always took time to send mom a card, call her, and sometimes send her flowers or a gift card. I lived 3,000 miles away but did my best to let her know I loved her throughout the year. This fall, mom became very sick with cancer. We moved her to my house and I became her full time caregiver until it surpassed my skills. During that time, mom and I formed a very close bond.
So, when tomorrow dawns, what do I do? Do I pretend that it doesn't bother me? I don't know that I can.
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