Mother's Day came and went without any phone calls or emails from my mother or father or any of their families.
My wife asked me before Mother's Day if I had thought about what the day would be like. I replied that I wasn't even thinking about my mother. The day would not be marred with thoughts of that woman. I do believe that is a step in the right direction.
I do not owe her anything. She will not guilt me into thinking I do.
I do not owe my father anything. He will not guilt me into thinking I do.
I am certain that I am being painted as the Evil Child now. My sister is reaping her "rewards" as the Golden Child now. She gets the attention, she gets the adoration. Fine by me. I don't want that burden on my shoulders any longer.
My father talks to my mother, plays into her games and believes that I am purposefully hurting my mother, and now hurting him by speaking the truth. I will not play their games. I will not be their doormat. And that has them writhing in their own skins.
I will no longer be bound by their strings, their tactics, their needs. I am a person whose needs and desires and health supersedes theirs. I am person entitled to be happy. And this I will be.
A happy Mother's Day indeed.