So becoming a new parent has given me a new found respect and appreciation for my parents especially my mother, who I am now convinced is a superhero because frankly, I have no idea how she does it all. In honour of Mother's Day, I wanted to share three reasons I love my mama so much (of course there are lots more but it would have been a real long post). So....I love my mama because:
1) My mum is selfless...my mum gives so much of herself to those she cares about, both friends and family, and never asks for anything in return. Her generosity of spirit is something I continue to learn from and be inspired by daily.
2) My mum is the glue that holds our family together...with kids all grown now, our family is spread across 3 continents and my mum is the only one who, at any point in time, is fully up to speed on everyone's life. It never ceases to amaze how, no matter how far away we are or what is happening in our lives, the moment we have news - good or bad - our mum is the first person we call and no matter how far away we go - we always come back home to mama because she is where our hearts are.
3) My mum always makes everything ok...in those moments of despair, frustration, self doubt, [fill in the blank], I can call my mum and she always seems to be able to clear the fog and shine a light onto the right path. She always seems to have the right balance of sympathy, empathy, tough love and practical advice. It's a recipe honed over the years and seriously works wonders.
So, as I have gotten older, I have learnt to appreciate my mum not just as a mother and care provider but as a person with her own dreams, hopes and aspirations. The more I learn about my mother, the more I like, admire and respect her. And I know that if I can be half the mother to my son that my mum has been to my siblings and I, then my son will be truly blessed.
So on Mother's Day, I would like to say thank you mum for your sacrifices, for all you've done, all you continue to do and most importantly, for being true to who you are.
Happy Mother's Day to mummies and mummies to be everywhere.