Sunday was my first Mother's Day in the officially childfree group. Because living childfree is still so new, I was still trying to protect myself. I shopped early for my mom and MIL. We did not go to church. I was so grateful that not one person wished me a Happy Mother's Day. Not the staff at the restaurant where my sister, her boyfriend, DH and I took my mom for brunch, not anyone in the family. I guess I was grateful, because then I didn't have to respond.
I did share with my mom and SIL that our adoption file is now closed. They were both understanding. I was concerned my mom would be upset, because my brother and SIL and their four kids live out of state, so she doesn't have any grandchildren nearby. She wasn't upset with me, just with my brother for not living closer. My SIL said she could see how we would need to have an end to the emotional roller coaster.
While shopping for cards, I looked to see if there were any type of cards that would fit me. The only one I found was for an aunt. I have 14 nieces and nephews, and maybe someday, one of them will give me an aunt card for Mother's Day.