When a child enters the family, the overwhelming rush of love they bring is unconditional and despite the toughest of times you may face, a new life and witnessing childhood in its purist form will always bring a ray of hope and happiness.
In essence, the role of 'mum' has never really changed, but we have learnt to acknowledge that who plays this role in your life can come in many shapes and forms. Today, Mother’s day is a celebration of all the women in our life who have selflessly and lovingly contributed to our childhood and beyond, holding our hand as we face the twists and turns life throws at us.
In 'normal times' we would celebrate with a special family meal (a Sunday roast for us!) and in addition send flowers, gifts and cards filled with heartfelt sentiment and thanks which will make our loved ones understand just how much we appreciate all they do for us.
However, from personal experience when going through feritilty treatment and yearning for someone to say it will 'definitely happen', rather then a 'maybe' or a 'be patient' or even worse for me 'it may not happen.' It is so important to remember that there are many women who are facing the difficulties which come with loss, hope and yearning: the mothers who have lost children or children who have lost mothers and also remembering those who are yet to and desperately clinging on every glimmer of hope to become a mother.
And who can forget step-mums, foster mums, god mothers, grandmothers, aunts and for the women who decide not to be mothers, but are always there to lend a hand and show their love no matter how big you are.
I think that this year, the pandemic has defintiely made me learn and value the things we have. The comfort of our support systems: the forever friends who have sensed you’re at a low point, neighbours who have dropped off a token of their kindness at your door along with our work colleagues and communities who have given us a reason to smile and giggle. So on this Mother’s Day, maybe this year should be the chance to thank them all and spare them a thought.