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The Distance Between Us

Reflecting on Mother's Day and the gift of forgiveness...

My mother and I on a Florida vacation in 1995, a year before I "divorced" her.

My mother and I on a Florida vacation in 1995, a year before I "divorced" her.

After writing my last post about the complicated layers of Mother’s Day, I felt compelled to write another that talked about forgiveness. I even intended to post that article this weekend as a gift in honor of my deceased mother this Mother’s Day. But I couldn’t do it. Something bothered me after writing it and sending it off for feedback to my writing coach, Linda Joy Myers.

It’s just not as simple as that, I thought to myself. While I do feel forgiveness towards […]



Mother’s Day Can Be Complicated

My struggle to navigate the complicated emotions that surface on Mother's Day

My Mother: Laura Redner 1956 - 2004

My Mother: Laura Redner 1956 - 2004

For those of us who have had tumultuous relationships with our mothers over the years, the date on the calendar marked Mother’s Day can be an occasion filled with complicated emotions. It may bring up feelings of resentment and guilt, loss and abandonment, countermarked with the greeting card industry’s idea that you should be overflowing with love and gratitude for all your “mother” has done to bring you into this world—because of course without her—you wouldn’t be here.

Add on the probability that you may be a mother by now as well—and you […]