Most Mums wake up on Mother’s day looking forward to a day with their family, being spoiled and looked after. The Facebook status of my friends who have children has been full of Happy Mother’s Day wishes and talk of what a great day they have had. I struggle with what I should feel about Mother’s Day. Since losing my own mother ‘Happy Mother’s Day ‘ somehow doesn’t seem quite appropriate – yet I do want to celebrate with my own children.
I lost my own mum 10 years ago at the tender age of 54 – she never had the chance to meet my girls, and she had so desperately looked forward to being a grandmother. Mother’s Day is the day when I remember her most , thinking about what a fantastic mum she was and all the things we shared that I still miss. I am sad that my children will never know her and that the support and encouragement she would have given me when I became a mum is missing.
To a certain degree today has been a happy day. This morning I had the pleasure of being brought breakfast in bed by my 6 year old, along with a small bunch of flowers from the garden, a handmade card and some ‘helping vouchers.
I like to visit mum’s grave in South Wales on Mother’s Day. It is always strange doing this with the children. My 6 year old is beginning to understand who ‘Nanny Wendy’ is and why we go to lay flowers and remember her. It is difficult for my 2 year old to understand, ‘Who is Nanny Wendy?’ and ‘Where is Nanny Wendy?’ she asks.
So Mother’s Day for me is a strange day – I look forward to it and dread it, I celebrate the many joys of being a mum but it is always tinged with sadness and loss. I think it’s the ‘Happy’ Mother’s Day that I struggle with most – it seems somehow inappropriate to be happy on a day of remembrance. So for all those who have lost their mum’s I’ll say a more fitting ‘Best Wishes’ for Mother’s Day.