My 'complicated' mom made me feel like a bad son, so I hated Mother's Day. But life changes.

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Mother’s Day a painful holiday for many moms and families like mine

The clamor is inescapable. Sentimental advertisements urge us to buy cards, candy and flowers. We’re bombarded with messages about the joys of motherhood. It can be a tough time for many people.

Steven Petrow

Opinion columnist

For most of my adult life I hated Mother’s Day. This Hallmark-contrived holiday arrived each May, unwanted, like a command performance at which I was sure to fail. I worried that my card wasn’t nice enough, the chocolates not yummy enough or the flowers not bountiful enough.

Deep down, however, I knew the real reason I dreaded the day. I had a “complicated” mother (read “difficult”).

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