I have to admit, in the run up to Mother’s Day I do start wondering what I might receive from the girls, and with them being so young, this is really a case of what is it that Rich will get me for Mother’s Day. I did see some fantastic gins in a gift guide from Gin Festival and fantasized about a lovely new bottle appearing on Sunday morning, and then what about some pretty freesias or even some chocolates. What I got was something different, and I am so glad it was.
On Friday, Freyja presented me with a handmade card that she had done at school. She was bursting with excitement as she gave it me and I realised there was no what that she would be able to have held off giving it to me on Sunday. It bought a smile to my face and a little tear to my eye. There I was, with reddish hair and a huge smile with “Mom” written next to the figure in case I couldn’t work out that it was supposed to be me. I was so proud of her drawing, of her writing and the fact that she was so proud of what she had produced for me.
On Sunday I was presented with another two cards – another from Freyja alone and one from both the girls. All writing had been done by Freyja. She had asked Rich to get me some heart-shaped chocolates because she loved me. And then I had the best present ever. A bracelet. She had made it in her after-school club and it was made up of a mish-mash of assorted beads in a variety of different colours and of different shapes and sizes. Apart from my wedding, engagement and eternity rings, it is my favourite piece of jewelry. Forget those very beautiful and expensive charm bracelets you can get, this has more meaning and sentiment attached to it than any of those can ever offer.
All of this was followed by a pretty awesome day itself – a lovely breakfast of smoked salmon and cream cheese on bagels before we headed off for a family photo shoot with Cracking Capture. When better to get some family photos taken than Mother’s Day? Especially when you suddenly discover that your youngest child is a mini Zoolander. I can’t wait to get the photos back. We then had an improptu trip to IKEA, which I know may not sound like top choice for Mother’s Day, but I do love an IKEA shop and watching the girls make themselves at home on the beds and sofas did make me laugh. Then we came home to enjoy a lovely meal cooked by Rich.
I did get a few other little treats as well. The Co-operative sent me some lovely goodies to celebrate their “Mother of all Tea Parties” including some prosecco and cake (win!) and Earl Gray tea bags to enjoy a cuppa in a beautiful tea cup.
My Mother’s Day was really made by my two amazing girls. It doesn’t matter about the cards and the presents. Being lucky enough to have these two as my daughters is all that I need. The sleepless nights, tantrums and lack of privacy when I go to the bathroom is all worth it for every moment that I get to spend with them. I am so privileged that I am their mummy, and so lucky that even when I question my ability to be a good mother, so them I will always be the best mummy ever.