You are intelligent, patient, funny, witty, compassionate, humble, understanding, eclectic, strong and classy…only to name a few…
You taught me to be a free-thinker, to enjoy a wander through the woods, to be independent, to choose my words with care, to use my common sense and to know that I can never have too many books.
I’ve inherited your never-ceasing imagination, the “eye” to take an interesting photograph, a thirst to learn new things, a fascination with history and the ability to look good in almost any hat.
You were a dedicated, hard-working teacher for over 30 years; leaving the house by six and more times than not, arriving home closer to five…but then you’d have a home-made dinner on the table by six. I still don’t know how you did it.
This year marks 50 years of being married to your college sweetheart – another amazing feat especially considering the sweetheart… (Love you, Dad, but you know you can be…difficult sometimes).
You are your father’s daughter – a storyteller through and through…which is why you are an award-winning children’s book author.
You are forgiving – I’m sorry I took all your Metallica CDs when I left for college so many years ago.
You never expect anything; so your eyes light up with every gift and thoughtful gesture and we can see how precious it is to you.
You inspire me because you are always full of energy, love and life.
You are my mother and I wish I could be there today to tell you all this in person. I am extremely proud of you and can only hope to be half the woman you raised me to be.
I love you, Mum.
To my own and all the mothers of the world: thank you for all that you have done/continue to do/will ever do for us.
Happy Mother’s Day!