"Loved The Way"
By Lani Hankins
I used to love the way you'd get upset if I picked the wrong place to eat on Mother's Day
Now I love taking myself out to wherever I wish to go
I used to love when you would buy me flowers I didn't want so that I could watch them wither away like passion
Now I love that this day is as lonely as the marriage we once had
I used to love the Hallmark cards that told me I was a good mother since you couldn't find the words
Now I love the way you forget that I am out here raising your child on my own
I used to love how you turned this day into a photo op to show how good you were to me
Now I love that you save those moments for when it's your day to pretend you've been here all along
I used to love all the promises you couldn't keep
Now I love having zero expectations
She blogs and podcasts at Kruse Corner.
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