So today is Mother's Day. A day for spoiling our mothers. My sister and I will be making brunch for our Mum but no details yet because if there is one person in the whole world who I know will read this blog it is my Mum - aka my most loyal follower.
I've been blessed with a super fantastic mother. We are very close, speak pretty much every day, see each other at least once a week. Next week she is going to a morning tea called "Aspire to Inspire" where everyone is meant to tell a story of their life to inspire others. Mum is going to talk about her Dad (who was amazing) because she didn't think she was very inspirational. Well I disagree, Mum is absolutely an inspiration to me in so many ways.
So Mum, here are a few ways that you inspire me every day.
Mum puts family above everything. Lots of people say that family is the most important thing in their life. For my Mum that statement is an understatement, our family really is the most important thing in the world to her and she is its centre. She is the star that we all revolve around. I don't have the words to describe how Mum makes this family just work.
Mum is exceptionally kind and caring. She has a whole host of people who she checks in on and helps in any way she can. She has spent countless hours doing all sorts of things, amazing things like sitting with people in hospital, running errands, talking on the phone. I doubt she realises just how important those phone calls, morning teas and chats are to those people but there are very few people who go out of their way for others like my Mum does.
Mum is a volunteer. For my whole life Mum has been volunteering at one thing or another. These days she volunteers as a diversional therapist at a nursing home. Nursing homes are the kind of places most of us avoid. But Mum heads over, at least once a week to do a cooking demonstration giving the residents a real highlight of their week plus something much more delicious than normal to eat.
There are so many other things I could say, but maybe I can sum it up like this. Mum, you taught me about family and love. You taught me to be kind, to care and to give of myself. You taught me that money is a means to an end not an end in itself. You taught me to cook, to draw, to be self-sufficient. You taught me to be a good friend, a good daughter and I hope one day I can be as good a mother as you have and always will be.
Happy Mother's Day.