Mother’s Day is sold to us as a time of flowers, saccharine cards, and maybe treating mums to a meal out. But what is the real meaning, and feeling, below the surface? And what is Mother’s Day like if you have an absent, or challenging relationship with your mum?
From 1st February 2020 until Mothering Sunday: March 22nd (UK), and International Mother’s Day: May 9th 2020, I will be collecting people’s different experiences of Mother’s Day. My aim is to create an arts project, and potentially a public article or radio piece, exploring this theme. If you are bereaved from your mother; estranged from her; if you were bought up in care, fostered or adopted; if you are physically or emotionally distant from your mother, or if you have a challenging relationship with your mother, what has your experience of Mother’s Day been like? How do you deal with it, or do you ignore it? What feelings does it evoke for you?
The term "Mother" is used here to mean the person you consider as having a primary maternal relationship with you, whether or not the relationship is a biological one.