( /ˈmʌðə/ )
A woman in relation to her child or children.
To bring up (a child) with care and affection.
This post is about mum’s and I won’t move away from that, but I want to open with something my dad would actually say every year whilst I was growing up, when we’d talk about celebrating mother’s day… “Mother’s day is everyday! Every day you should be spoiling and loving your mum, it shouldn’t just be on one day.” But since growing up, mother’s day has meant more. Why not have a day to go all out and spoil your mum to show her just how much she means to you? Every day IS mother’s day, but mother’s day isn’t everyday. So spoil your mum, give her the biggest hug and remind her just how much she means to you.
A mother to me, is a symbol of strength. Strength that you can only know once you have become a mother. The patience that comes from the time you’re pregnant and waiting to see the face of your child, to every hurdle you face with your baby is only the type of patience a mother will know.
When I see my my mum I see the bravest person ever, selfless and strong. My mother had me when she was 23- when I think of it properly it genuinely baffles me, not to mention the fact she had 3 other kids before me, she gave birth to twins at 19 and had her first child at 17.
To think that my best friend in the entire world was the one who raised, fed and clothed me until I could stand on my own two feet and figure those things out for myself, puts me into a state of awe. This woman, who I am so dependent on, taught me everything I need to know – my favourite person to have a gossip with, the best cook I’ve ever known. Does they even know how amazing they are!? Everyone thinks their mum is the best, and honestly, they are absolutely right. Everyone’s mum is the best. Mum’s ARE the best.
The fact that we will never know all that our mums went through for us, is baffling. I believe if we were able to see all the struggles that our mothers went through for us, I think guilt would be the overriding feeling because we would never be able to repay them for their sacrifices.
How can one person have so much love to give? I’m sure all mums have their bad days, days that felt like they would never finish- their fair share of headaches, stinky nappies to be changed, having your sleep interrupted just to calm down a crying munchkin, but yet they still brave through and get the job done.
Not to mention how incredibly humble Mums are. I don’t think I know a mum who will admit they’ve done a mighty good job on raising their children, who will happily give themselves a pat on their backs for going through so much sweat, blood and tears (literally), to bring up a little human and shower them in the essential love they need to function properly. Mum’s really are the superheroes that don’t wear capes.
This mother’s day please just appreciate your mum. She’s amazing, she really is- and if your mum isn’t in the picture please feel free to appreciate the mother figure in your life or maybe even your friend who’s a mama, or the single mum who struggles no one knows of- honestly to me those, mums are the bravest.
So to all mum’s out there, the happy mum’s, the single mum’s, the mum’s who are struggling, the mamas that just don’t feel strong enough sometimes- never ever forget that you, as a mum, have accomplished something that not everyone is proud enough to say they can do! You are a mother. You are the first love of your children, you are their backbone and best friend. You may not hear it often enough but you are a superhero, a real life one- you deserve to be spoiled and adored and have a full whole day dedicated to you.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mama’s out there.