A couple of weeks ago when visiting my mum, she was looking at some letters I had written to her. There was one that I had given her with my Mother’s Day card four years ago. My mum was and is a really wonderful mum. She surrounded us with unconditional love growing up (my brother says I spent my teenage years bickering with mum – I may have been a bit feisty). My dad was diagnosed with a degenerative brain tumour when mum was 33 and he was only 40 (I was 10). My parents grew up 4 doors apart, and mum says she fell in love with dad when she was 12. She still kept our family together with the help of my Nanna (Ruby Jewell) and my Uncle John (they lived a km away). Even with dad’s illness and disability always present in our home, mum always put her children first (after attending to dad of course). She nursed and loved him for 10 long years (the last 4 while he was in a nursing home during the week and totally wheelchair bound).
I would like to share the letter with you and hope that it might encourage you to write a letter to your mum this Mother’s Day.
On reflecting what to write to you on Mothers’ Day, I think of your six grandchildren – how beautiful, well-adjusted, caring young people they all are. I give you credit for these lovely children.
I think I am a good mum and this is because I draw on your mother’s love and my memories and experiences of how you were (and are) a caring and a wonderful mother to us. So, mum, the heritage you leave as a mum and nanna is priceless and cannot be valued. I cannot express to you how often I think about all the little things you did for us as we grew up and I can only try and copy that in my own mothering.
Thank you mum for teaching, showing and demonstrating to me how to be a mum and for being my role-model. I Love You.
Thank you for letting me share that with you.
Happy Mother’s Day to all you outstanding, delightful, magnificent mums. Make sure you take lots of photos of the lovely presents your kids will make for you at school and kindy.