Mothers’ Day – #2

May 12, 2013

A stirring day, Mothers’ Day.

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From what I read, see and feel – it is a day where mothers around the world are held in the highest esteem.

Earth Mother.

Nurturer.

Giver.

Lover.

All these beautiful, soulful and necessary traits that humankind relies on – and they’re attached to us. Women.

The role of nurturer is entrenched into the fabric of our existence and that responsibility largely tips toward us; falling into our arms.

Why?

Why trust women with this tremendous role?

I believe it’s because we are needed for this. For balance.

It’s a momentous, paramount and brilliant thing.

It also benefits everyone.

Unfortunately, this is where I feel we hit the snag:

Question #158: If mothers are so revered, then why is there so much violence and persecution against them – all around the world – in endlessly different ways?

Just something to ponder.

We must evolve and save Mother.

Save women.

So today, I salute you ALL – mothers, women and girls!

Last year, my first Mothers’ Day post was a little self-centred in that I was only looking at the life of a mother and woman from my western armchair – but today, I want to recognise the great rainbow of mothers, including those who are forgotten, or worse, ignored.

You’re all heroes of strength and the pillars of this world.

To single mothers (extra big hug to you) – I can’t imagine what it must feel like to do this alone and sometimes with little help – whether monetary, emotionally or both.

To those mums, like me, who work and juggle mum duties – I know how hard it can be sometimes.

To mums who don’t work and juggle mum duties – I know how hard it can be sometimes.

To those who have lost their sweet babes – whether a lost pregnancy or child.
Unimaginable. Much love to you.

To those who have lost their own mothers – xxx

Finally, to the heart-sinking number of women around the world:

  • who are looking for food for their child to eat
  • who are protecting their children from bullets and bombs
  • who have been trafficked
  • who suffer from physical violence on a daily basis
  • who are risking everything to have a life lived without fear and come by boat:

I think of you every day. Not just today.

Today my husband told me to go to my laptop and see what my present is. I didn’t ask him for anything, so I excitedly wondered. This is what I saw:

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I cried.
It was the most perfect gift.

So Happy Mothers’ Day!
Much love to you all – especially you, mamá – you’re all remarkable.

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Mothers’ Day.

May 13, 2012

Here’s to you.

Here’s to Us.

To the lives and households we run;

To the families we are raising – teaching – guiding…

…the same families who drive us insane!

1. FOOD – We think about what everyone will eat – all. the. time.

  • What needs to be done:  *Write shopping list, *Do shopping, *Put away shopping, *Cook, *Bear 2.7 questions an hour from children about what they can eat, *Organise food for meals and snacks whenever outside the home…etc.

2. APPEARANCES – We worry about the state of our family’s clothing and general grooming issues.

  • What needs to be done: * Remind children to put dirty clothes IN the basket *Soak clothes, *Wash clothes, *Hang clothes, *Bring in clothes off the line, *Iron clothes, *Take clothes to corresponding rooms, *Go shopping for clothes, *Shower/Bath routines, *Hair Brushing, *Finger and Toe nail appearances…etc.

3. CHILDREN – 24/7.

  • What needs to be done: *Remember…EVERYTHING, *Continually Repeat All Instructions/Statements…over and over again, *School Matters – Sign notes + know what days Library Day/Sports’ Uniform Day fall on, *Coordinate dropping off and picking up from Day Care/School, *Organise Holiday activities and playdates *Doctors’ appointments, *Sickness…etc. etc. etc.

4. BED-TIME ROUTINE – Yes, it’s a dot point on its own!

  • What needs to be done: *Remind children of their expected routine – with 5 minute reminders, *Be prepared to be asked to listen to something REALLY important, at this time; every night – it goes something like this, “Muuuum?” “What.” “Can I tell you something?” “Go to bed.” “Pleeaaasse?” “What.” “Uuuuummm….”, *Have about an average of three things each child has ‘forgotten’ to do, that comes to mind at this time of the night…etc.  ._.

5. LOVE LIFE – We worry about our relationships with our partners.

  • What needs to be done: *Well, every relationship is different – you know what you do.

6. WORK – A juggling and balancing act.

  • What needs to be done: *Aaah…Juggle and Balance – whether full-time, part-time, job-sharing, casual, shift-work  – it’s another complicated job.

7. TIME FOR YOU – Few and far between.

  • What needs to be done: *Find time! Really. Get out and have time away from it all – even for a little while…I’ll babysit for you!

8. ETC. ETC. ETC. – Everything Else.

For all these areas, there is help – some mothers get more; some less – but everything is ALWAYS a part of a mum’s thoughts.

And the quality that weaves through all of us is:

Strength.

I think what we do as mothers is simply gob-smacking.

It’s the toughest gig there is – but when those windows of sun and wonderfulness bathe us…well, we understand the why; enough to keep going onwards.

I only hear stories of what’s ahead and it sounds like this ride never eases up – bring it, I say!

I salute you all.

Mothers of all ages.

All my Love.

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This post is dedicated to my mum. Un beso grande, Mamá.