Today I'm digressing from my usual Scoop posts - I hope you'll forgive me.
Are you a mother? Do you have a mother? I am a mother of 2: a 16 year old girl and a 12 year old boy. My own mother died 2 1/2 years ago and I miss her every day. Carrying my children for 9 months, giving birth to them and raising them has been my greatest accomplishment. Ever since I was very little, I've wanted children. I didn't care whether I had boys or girls - I just wanted kids.
16 1/2 years ago, our darling Emma was born. Although I'm terribly biased, I have to say she's turning into a wonderful young woman: smart, funny, fiesty, sensitive, empathetic and determined. She's going places and nothing's going to get in her way.
12 1/2 years ago, our wonderful Oliver was born. He is such a beautiful person: sensitive, smart, quirky, creative and also very empathetic. I worry more about him because he's less likely to speak up for himself than Emma is. When asked what he wants to be when he grows up, he says an artist and a Dad.
19 years ago, I married my one true love - a man who has been very involved in Emma's and Oliver's lives. He is very supportive and is a wonderful Dad and both kids just adore him. Although we've travelled down some rocky roads in our marriage over the years, we have come out of it on the right path - hand in hand. Thank you James.
Staying at home full-time to raise my children has been my greatest gift and my biggest challenge. Trying to teach them practical things like tying their shoe laces and their times-tables mixed with trying to teach them to become socially aware, productive members of society has not always been easy, but it's definitely been worth it.
I would like to wish all Mums a very happy Mother's Day and to my Mum I say thank you for every thing you did for me.
[ All photographs taken by me unless otherwise stated ]