The Other Mothers...

Mother's Day, 2022

To The Other Mothers...

Some marriages don’t work.
Mothers and fathers split.
Mom gets the kids.
Dad re-marries and the Step-Mother is created.

Aside from childbirth, it’s fair to say the Step-Mother has as hard – if not harder – job as mom. The Step-Mother must endure the rip-tides of intense emotions, the hurts and pains from a ruptured family, trauma, resentment, rivalries that inevitably infest the relationship no matter how hard she may try.
Under the best of circumstances, it’s rare the Step-Mother receives a fair compensation of love, respect, appreciation, and inclusion she's earned from the children she’s inherited. 

Putting aside the pain only she can feel, she tries. She endures. Too often, she suffers in silence for the sake of their father, dissed by the children, resented by the “ex”, she struggles to maintain peace in her ‘extended family’ as best she can, requiring super-human inner strength, and sacrifices no one else will ever know. From what I’ve seen, she succeeds, but at considerable personal expense.

There is no “Step-Mother’s Day” for the Other Mothers. But for those blessed with one, she should be given - she deserves - she's earned the respect, honor and celebration just as much for having given just as much.
Maybe more.
 
Happy Mother's Day, Cassie

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