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  • Writer's pictureRachelle Jervis

Day 59

Updated: Jun 26, 2019

Mother's Day


Historically, Mother’s Day was a day on which I thanked my mother for giving me life. I would celebrate being Constance’s mother by taking her out to eat. I treated her because Constance didn’t have an allowance. She didn’t need an allowance because I bought her whatever she wanted, which was rarely more than her iPad, gym membership, and preferred foods.


I spent days searching the internet for grief retreats for Mother’s Day. I came up with a list of options but found reasons to mark each option off. One required that I sleep on the floor of a meeting house. Another was led by two men so, presumably, their experience being a mother was limited. The program I settled on was canceled because I was the only registrant. What is Mother’s Day for a former mother but another day of boundless loss?


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