Dear Mom

Just the thought of starting a letter, “Dear Mom” gives me intense anxiety. Here’s the deal Word Press. Not all of us have and/or had great mothers. When Mother’s Day rolls around I just assume the “duck and cover” position and wait until it’s over. My mom wasn’t all bad, and I’ve contended with the bad stuff she was and did. Still, this “mother love” stuff is completely out of the realm of my comprehension, and I KNOW that’s true for other people. Many, many people have had complicated and painful relationships with their parents and have had to find a way to move on. 

But today, July 15, is my dad’s birthday. He would have been 90 this year. He only got to live half that long. So rather than a “Dear Mom” letter, I’m going to remember my dad on his birthday. 

Happy birthday, Dad. ❤ I have taken your words to heart and I have kept writing.


10 thoughts on “Dear Mom

  1. You make excellent points, Martha! My relationship with my dad is so much better. Happy birthday to your dad! My dad’s birthday is today as well. He turns 79 and thankfully he lives close to me near Auburn in the foothills!

  2. I wrote this one in 2012 and said what was to be said then. I just hope that my kids don’t have the same blackmail feeling as I had when I gave my mum something for mother’s day. Even dad was worried that I might not give her anything. Actually I felt then that this was a prompt a little too uncomfortable to write.

  3. We are all who we are because of our parents – right or wrong. We can choose to rise above, it appears you have Happy Birthday to your dad my you always remember how he made you smile. Peace.

    • Thank you! I think I was lucky because I believed her and was deluded so I actually grew up in a pretty nice reality, though it was false. When I learned the truth, I was old enough not to be shattered by it but, instead, enlightened. Peace to you, too.

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