The following four links are the result of an internet search using keywords: "Mother's Day" and "Estrangement". The links are to articles recently posted and to articles that didn't have those annoying popups that appear all too often these days.
- Mother’s Day Cards I Could Use As An Estranged Daughter by Katie Naum, writer, blogger, memoirist. May 9, 2015, on Huffington Post.
Note: To get a different perspective on Katie Naum's “Cards”, try the following changes and then read them again while imagining that they were written by a mother. I have numbered Naum’s “Cards” from 1 to 11.
In #1 change the wording to:
“Thank You For Living In My Womb and Being Born. (inside) That Part Went Pretty Well From My Perspective.”
Read #s 2 through 9 unchanged but as if written by a mother.
In #10 substitute the word “Mother” in the place of “Daughter”.
In #11 substitute the word “Daughter” in the place of “Mother”.
My request to look at the “Cards” as though written by a mother instead of a daughter is to bring a different perspective to what was written. I am not making a judgement. I am asking the question: If a mother had written those “Cards”, what would that say about the Mother? If the answer is different from what it says to you about the daughter who wrote them, why would that be so?
- Mother’s Day trials: How to deal with being cut off by your child by Sheri McGregor, Life Coach, May 8, 2015, on Quartz
- Mother’s Day for the Motherless by Melissa Charles, wife, mom, humour blogger, May 8, 2015, on Huffington Post.
- What my mom and I never had by Rob Cottrell (writing under his wife, Susan’s, name), May 9, 2015, on Patheos