Friday, May 7, 2010
What do you hope to be to your children? Someone to support and help them? A friend? Someone to give them an honest opinion? A person they can chat to and ask for advice? Do you want to set a good example of how to live life and be a good person?
I consider myself a very lucky woman. You see, I have a mother who is all of those things to me.
As a child, my Mum was one of the few people I could completely trust, whose shoulder I could cry on and whose arms I could be wrapped up in to make me feel better. As I grew older, she was someone to give me guidance, setting an example and providing advice when I was unsure of myself. Then when I became an adult and left home, I always knew Mum would be there when I needed her.
Of course, I never really appreciated my Mum until I became a mum myself (such a cliche). Although I suspected this might be the case when I was pregnant, hence using my Mum's name as my daughter's middle name.
Now, Mum is there as a sounding board, a friend and as a fantastic Nanna to Abbey (and, of course, her other four - almost five! - grandkids). When Abbey was little and driving me to the brink with her screaming, Mum was the one who stepped in and took control while I had a break. When I was worried about feeding or disciplining methods or feeling the mother-guilt or just needing to vent - Mum was there with some very wise advice. When I need some time to myself, Mum will take Abbey, despite being a busy full-time working woman. And when Abbey knows she's going to see her, she'll yell out, 'Nanna, Nanna, Nanna!' whilst doing her little happy dance.
A Mum is a person who can take on so many different roles as she sees you grow. And I am the mother I am because of the example I've had set for me.
Love you, Mum. xx
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