Maybe it's blunt, but it could work, if the next paragraph explains it. ? For instance:
'I didn't love my mother.
Sure, I know. I should have. Everyone should love their mother, right? But there I was, suffering through my eighth birthday party while she fluttered nervously around the room like a top about to lose it's spin. It was so obvious she was forcing it all, when it just clicked, and I knew right then, from the emptiness inside me, that something was missing. And in a strange sort of way, I'd been freed."
Yeah, I know this example is lame, but certainly someone here can take the premise and work some magic, lol.