Happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers, grandmothers, stepmothers, mothers in law et al. Do you celebrate? Do you feel the love? Are you cherished by your babies young and old? I know for many this is a difficult day. Some mothers are no longer with us. Some families are estranged. Some, like me, are far away from their mothers.
This year, more than others, I feel the distance. I long to be there because she needs me. Life doesn’t always work out how you want it though. The closest I can get right now is the hour long phone call each day.
The important thing is caring about your mother and showing them that you do.
I hate the commercialism that surrounds Mother’s Day. It should be about spending time with your mother and not about big flashy gifts. Of course I won’t say no to a big flashy gift but I don’t expect it or even need it. All I need is some time to me and some thought and attention from my family. Maybe breakfast and coffee in bed 🙂 But not too early!
Being a mother is a very difficult job, we’re not trained for it, we second guess ourselves often. We make mistakes. Most of us wish we could do more. There is so much pressure placed on mothers today. So many women work outside the home, which is great if you want to enjoy a career but many have no choice. Our lifestyles are such that we often live beyond our means. We have nannies or childcare and cleaners so we can do our jobs but we feel guilty because we’re too busy and then too tired to be good mums. We miss the first word, the first step, the school play. We feel the pressure to get it right all the time, to look beautiful, to sound intelligent, to be successful. When all we really want is to be a little less stressed and a little more loved. Being a good mother is so very important for your children. They need us for a very short time, then they’re out in the world. I strongly believe we need to be present and awesome for our kids as much as we can.
So here’s to all the awesome mothers out there……………..Happy Mother’s Day.