Motherhood is for everyone

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A few years ago, my family went through many changes in the course of a year. My mom had passed on and my sister had recently divorced. The normal flow of traditions we had built up over the years—Thanksgiving at my sister’s home, Father’s Day barbeque on Mom and Dad’s patio, Christmas dinner at our home—had unraveled.

When I suggested a Mother’s Day get-together to the extended family, the idea was met with indifference. After a while, I gave up the idea altogether. But I didn’t give up my disappointment and the unhappy sense of being taken for granted.

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