I’ve always had a difficult relationship with Mother’s Day. My mother was an emotionally withdrawn, self-involved woman who didn’t give her three kids much though; she was wrapped up in her own issues. When I was just under three years old she had twins which I think overwhelmed and stunned her into withdrawing even more.
BUT, over the years I came to have an appreciation for Mother’s Day that didn’t involve human children, thanks to my Dear Dan. I don’t think there was ever a Mother’s Day when my Dear Dan didn’t give me a card. I’ve culled through a lot of stuff over the last months but here’s one he gave me in 1997 that I still have:
Inside the card says: “What a babe! (Of course, I always think that.)” It’s signed: “You are a great mother of plants and Julia. I love you. Dan”
Julia was our dog at the time.
How cool is that that my Dear Dan recognized caring for plants (that can be a lot of work) and for dogs (that can be a lot of work too) is mothering?!!
You don’t have to be the mother of a human to mother.
Happy Mother’s Day!