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Mother's Day is Sunday and for most people it's an opportunity to tell their mother how much they love and appreciate her. But for some people the holiday creates a dilemma. Because love isn't always a guarantee between a mother and a daughter, at least it wasn't for my mother and me. We cared for each other, but I think it was more out of a sense of duty.
When my mother was still alive and Mother's Day was approaching, it was very difficult when I found myself standing in front of rows of greeting cards, agonizing over which Mother's Day card to buy. I couldn't bring myself to give my mother a card thanking her for her love and affection, or for how special she made me feel. But I also didn't want to send a generic "Happy Day" card that might suggest how I really felt about our relationship. I guess a daughter always holds out hope--who knows, maybe it was that way for my mother, too.
My mother's been gone for a number of years, yet still every Mother's Day since her passing, I wish we could try again.
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