Today is Mothering Sunday - always the 4th Sunday in Lent, which I know for most of the world is not on the same day as the UK, but I would just like to send my love to my lovely Mum.
This is my favourite photo of her taken in June 1988 when Anth and I had just returned from New Zealand. It's quite a typical picture of her - always quick to laugh. She has had the most terrible health problems over the last 5 years, but she always remains upbeat whilst having to deal with the practicalities of her illness on a daily basis.
She takes great pleasure in her 4 children (one daughter and 3 sons) and now is enjoying 6 grandchildren - 3 from me and 3 from William my brother. She likes to be called Granny as she says "If it is good enough for the Queen then it is good enough for me!" She makes us all laugh by how easily shocked she gets and for asking for things in shops, for her grandchildren, slightly mispronounced so whoever is with her will cringe quietly. She then realises her mistake and starts to giggle and the whole story is re-lived at home with even more laughter and it is added to the ever growing list! One favourite memory of my children is the time she took them to McDonald's and saw a member of staff lying on the floor with what she thought was blood running down his arms and shouted to the whole restaurant, "Somebody help!" It transpired he was changing the ketchup dispenser and it had leaked! She then giggled uncontrollably when she realised that she had over reacted. (if she's scared or nervous she giggles!)
Actually overreacting seems to be a trait that I have inherited and Lucy thinks she might have too! I am very jumpy and am prone to shrieking in fright! Next weekend is Alice's 11th birthday and Mum and Robin are coming to stay..we are going ten-pin bowling something I have yet to see her do - no doubt I will have something funny to tell so watch this space..
Anyway, Mum if you are reading this thanks for being so special and bringing so much to all our lives. Enjoy your day! xx
I almost forgot to share my own special day! I was woken by Alice with a cup of tea and a gift bag which contained 2 wonderful brooches, a fridge magnet and a lovely poem (slightly quoting Coldplay though I pretended not to notice!). Lucy gave me a lovely card with vintage enamel jugs (so me) and my favourite Lindt chocolates. Tom gave me a lovely card that had lovely words that he had written (a big deal for a 15 year old boy!) and a Hydrangea plant which I love.
Am I not a blessed Mummy!