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To the Motherless on Mother's Day

By       Message Dr. Cheryl Pappas       (Page 1 of 3 pages)     Permalink    (# of views)   1 comment

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It is not fun to be motherless any day of the year.

Since we have officially begun the late-April through mid-May  greeting-card industry wind-up to M-Day, I thought it only fair to say a word on behalf of those for whom Mother's Day is actually Motherless Day.

I'm not talking about people whose mothers have tragically died.  

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I know it's hard for them on Mother's Day, too.

Right now, I'm specifically talking about the absence of having a true mother, one whose love and heart can be counted on.

Someone has to speak for these people, so I'm stepping in.

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I have been professionally and personally privy to every imaginable mother-child relationship.

Any viewer of sitcoms knows the comedic downside/upside dramas of these relationships (see Holland Taylor in Two and a Half Men), and yet...  

There is a very real mother-child condition that is rarely mentioned on television or spoken of in our faux social conversation.

That category is the one where the adult child is stone-cold motherless even as the biological mother continues to be alive.

Oooooh, we don't want to go there, I hear your psyches say.

There she goes again bringing up the unmentionable.

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Doesn't she know "it's all good"?

(Cut immediately instead to pictures of Kim Kardashian freaking out in a beauty salon.)

But wait a minute.

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