A ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ is a Fantasy

Mother’s Day is coming again. Time to duck and cover. Already the commercials are offering pictures of fantasy families with young beautiful moms, loving husbands and perfect children. Even people who have children don’t have lives like that. I know moms whose kids don’t even call or send a card. If you have stepchildren, you can make yourself crazy waiting for them to even notice you on Mother’s Day.

It’s a hard day for a lot of people. For those of us without children, the holiday smacks us in the face with the knowledge that we are not mothers. Mothers get special blessings at church, flowers and free drinks at restaurants, cards and gifts and parties. We get . . . zip. Or worse, we get mistaken for mothers and don’t know whether we should correct the person or not. “Happy Mother’s Day!” Oh, uh . . .

When I was young, I could focus my attention on my mother, mother-in-law and grandmothers, showering them with gifts and attention. Now they’re all gone. The day is painful for many of us whose mothers have died or who have a difficult relationships with their mothers. If you’re both childless and motherless, the day offers a double whammy. If you find yourself shedding some tears, it’s understandable.

My advice for surviving Mother’s Day is the same as always:

  • Stay away from places where everyone is celebrating moms. Don’t go out to eat, don’t go shopping, consider not going to church. Say no to Mother’s Day parties.
  • Skip the schmaltzy TV specials and watch a movie.
  • Stay off of Facebook and other social media sites that will be filled with Mother’s Day memories, family pictures and boasts about all the great things people’s families did for them. It will just make you feel bad. Don’t look.
  • Go out in nature. Rivers, trees, oceans and mountains do not care whether or not you have children.
  • Tell friends and family you’ll talk to them when Mother’s Day is over.

This Sunday, I’m going to stay home until evening, when I’m going to sing at an open mic where we’re all too obsessed with music to worry about having kids. How do you plan to spend Mother’s Day?

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4 thoughts on “A ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ is a Fantasy

  1. Father’s day is the same for men
    On May 10, 2017 1:23 AM, “Childless by Marriage” wrote:
    > Sue Fagalde Lick posted: “Mother’s Day is coming again. Time to duck and > cover. Already the commercials are offering pictures of fantasy families > with young beautiful moms, loving husbands and perfect children. Even > people who have children don’t have lives like that. I know moms ” >

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  2. I HATE mothers day. I’m not the biggest fan of being a step mother and if could go back in time, I wish my husband didnt have children. I hope that one day I get to have them, but he says we must wait (he already has 3 all under age 5). This year I was determined to not go to church at all because mothers are so heavily celebrated and it’d just make me feel awkward. My sister in law convinced me to come and sure enough…I went, it was awkward, hurtful, and my husband didnt so much as tell me happy mothers day. I plan to plan some trip for myself next year to make sure i’m conveniently booked up during that time. It also doesn’t help that I don’t have a good relationship with my mother so the whole day just sucks.

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