I used to want to climb under the covers every year on Mother’s Day, because I didn’t have anyone to celebrate with for so long. Then I became a mother myself, and finally had a culturally sanctioned way to spend the day. But it’s still a hard day for many motherless daughters, whether they are mothers themselves or not. And it’s equally hard for those whose mothers are still living, but with whom they have chosen not to be in touch.

I wrote this article for CNN.com this week with all of these women in mind. Please feel free to add your voice to the Comments section, or to leave your words here.

Thinking of you all this weekend,