Guest blogger Candy Spelling: I don't have the historical perspective or facts to explain what happened in the past, or how we got to the happy ending we've reached now. Families have strange dynamics, and perceptions really get out of whack when interactions are put under the press microscope.
But for all those who have sent such good wishes and high hopes -- and for those of you who have been critical, too -- I am pleased to report that this Mother's Day should be one of the best ever for me.
That's because my son, Randy (and his fiancée, Leah), Tori, Dean, Liam, Stella and I all have a very special date on Mother's Day to celebrate together this Sunday.
We're going somewhere where the paparazzi aren't allowed. We're not going to talk about show business or blogs or television shows. I can guarantee there won't be any references to "rifts," "feuds" or "separations."
I'm pretty sure that all five adults will be trying to keep up with Liam and Stella, and that the kids (now 3 and almost 2) will say "Happy Mother's Day" without knowing what it means. That's fine. Those three words to a mother or grandmother are as good as "I love you" are to a young bride.
I'm also fairly confident there will be platters of food, lots of sharing and sampling, many laughs, an abundance of happy memories and plans for the future.
I like fairy tales and happy endings, and that's how I'm anticipating the Spelling family Mother's Day this weekend.
I'm looking forward, not back, and my wish is that other families will be able to have a happy day like the celebration Randy, Leah, Tori, Dean, Liam, Stella and I are expecting.
Happy Mother's Day.