This Mother’s Day thought from Peacebang wouldn’t work on a Hallmark card but acknowledges the complexity and compassion often missing from typical Mother’s Day sentiments:

For all the ones who are hurting today: missing their mothers, missing children whose Mother’s Day greeting they long to hear, grieving cold and rejecting women who could not mother them, and those who want to become mothers and whose dreams are not yet fulfilled.

Please darlings, avoid sentimental cliches about mothers today; or at least recognize that mother love is not forever, unconditional or instinctual for all mothers. Remember those who are grieving today. Give real, live women (and all those born to them) space to accept the reality of mothers. Leave the saints for the Church.

On a happier (although still not Hallmark-y) note, check out the below video. A 12-year-old with Asperger’s interviewed his mother and StoryCorps set the audio to this animated video:

Q&A from StoryCorps on Vimeo.

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