I was thinking about what to write for this Mother’s Day blog, when I came across a note my wife wrote to my Mum on Mother’s Day, the year after her 90th birthday. As I read it, I thought about what we do for our Mum’s on Mother’s Day, and especially what we might write in a card to our mother.
I started thinking about the quick and easy things we often write or say on Mother’s Day and how we often take so little time to really stop and think more deeply about our Mum and the real impact she has had in our lives. I was confronted with the question about how often we really express those deeper gems of appreciation to our Mum. It takes time to step outside ourselves to think more deeply and to express those feelings.
I would like to share with you what my wife wrote to my Mum some 9 years ago, and I hope it inspires you to express true deep appreciation to your Mum this Mother’s Day.
I’ve appreciated you for more than 36 years now as my Mum-In-Law. I’ve been encouraged by you, and I’ve learnt from you – the way you do things has helped me. Some of your gems of wisdom and advice over the years have been a blessing to me.
I see you as a loyal wife and caring Mum. In recent years when you lost your life partner, as sad as it was, I watched you continue on in the strength, resilience and perseverance that is part of who you are. I’ve seen a determination, and that pioneering spirit which is part of you, and I’ve seen that caring person shining through.
Last year brought me the opportunity to help organise your 90th birthday party and I saw, along with everyone else who watched your DVD, a woman of character with a love for life, a person of good humour and a genuine concern for others.
I am blessed to call you Mum.
Lots of love and many thanks,
My Mum died 3 years ago at the age of 96 and on Mother’s Day I remember her and all she did for me and my 4 sisters – what a great Mum she was!
Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful Mums out there! And to everyone who has a Mother, please count your blessings and say a big and heart felt Thank You to your Mum!
Robert J Burman
Coordinator – National Day of Thanks