Happy Mother’s Day

I was treated to Mother’s Day breakfast, cards and gifts in bed today; the last picture is of the¬†handmade cards that I made this morning for my mum and my sister (it’s her birthday today), inspired by these pretty mugs.

Yes, I know it’s not Mother’s Day yet elsewhere in the world, but if you’re not currently living in the UK, why not share in ours? It’s always good to celebrate!

I was having a long chat with my youngest the other day. He has a lot on his mind at the moment. GCSE exams are looming, he has a part time job and all the pressures of a friendship group going through huge changes and trying to find their place in the world. We always feel better after these heart-to-hearts and because I know him so well I can empathise and make suggestions that I know will resonate with him.

It reminded me that from the time I was a little girl, through my teens and early 20s and even now at 49, there have been times when only my mum will do! Whether I was at a loose end, feeling at odds with the world or coping with a crisis, my mum could always be relied upon to care enough to give me sound advice, cheer me up or give me a good talking to if required. When I was ill in bed she had a wonderful way of making me feel cherished with a soothing drink or something tempting on a tray. She’s nearly 87 now, so I know that the time I have with her is extra precious.

I also know, this Mother’s Day that however independent and grown-up my boys may get, it will always be my job to be there, to pay attention and to care enough to listen and be that safe port in the storm. After all, I’m the one person who knows and loves them best. So Happy Mother’s day to all of you! Keep up the good work¬†and remember that you are irreplaceable!




Happy Mother’s Day to the single mums!

Ahh – Mother’s Day…a cup of tea in bed, followed by a day of treats and pampering. But most mums with small kids know that this royal treatment often takes a bit of behind-the-scenes prompting and encouragement from Dad. So what if there is no Dad on hand to organise it all? I remember one year that due to seriously bad planning on my part, my boys were spending Mother’s Day weekend with their dad and his new wife. Now whilst I might smile and pretend to go along with people when they claim that it’s all commercialised nonsense, dreamt up by the greeting cards industry, I discovered that particular weekend just how much it means to me to have my precious sons around on this day of all days. Because as all single mums know: the upside of being the only one there to wipe away the tears, clean up the mess, sit up all night with them when they have a temperature, see them off on their first day at school is the phenomenally close bond you build with your children through the years. So Happy Mother’s Day to all you single mums out there – you’re doing a great job and as your children grow older, they’ll tell you how much they appreciate you. The message on the card from my 13 year old today reads: “Happy Mother’s Day. Thanks for always being there for me when I need you”.

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