Some of bella rae’s resident writers have pencilled down what Mother’s Day means to them.
The older I get, the more I stress about finding the perfect way to celebrate my mum when Mother’s Day approaches – who else can relate!? Since moving five hours away, it has become increasingly harder. My go-to present has become anything that hopefully reminds her of me, because every day I look in the mirror I am reminded of her. I am the carbon copy of my mum. It is a fact that is hard to escape. My mum is a well-loved primary school teacher, and even her past students recognise me as her daughter so often, it has become a game.
Beyond being a doppelganger, I’m lucky to also share her sense of humour, sarcasm, passion, loyalty, and strength. I unfortunately also share her sense (or rather lack of sense) of direction, geography, spatial awareness, and occasional vagueness. For this we share a collection of memories and adventures which no photobook could replicate. My mum is the person I want to tell everything to and hang out with while watching detective shows. I feel stronger when I have her on my side. I’m so grateful she has not only been an amazing role model over the years but has blessed me with my two younger siblings.
We should use every day to tell the strong women in our lives how important they are to us. Gifts are always nice but there’s something special in recognising the difference these people make. The older I get, the more I realise how much I appreciate the women in my life, which is why I panic about what to get them! Eventually though, we have to learn there is no perfect way to celebrate our mums. Loving them and being loved by them is celebration enough.
By Gabrielle Byrne
For the past couple of years I haven’t been able to be with my mother on Mother’s Day. I live in a different city from my parents so I don’t see them often, which means these celebrated days are usually spent talking on the phone for an hour or two. It’s sometimes disheartening when I can’t be with my mum, especially on days like today, but I try my best to let her know I love and appreciate her. I usually buy her a book she’s had a keen eye on, or her favourite flowers when I see her.
Mother’s Day is a great opportunity to celebrate your mum and praise her for all she does for you. But let’s try to remember to show our appreciation for our mums every single day. Even doing little things like unpacking the dishwasher, or taking the washing off the line – it’s a simple gesture which goes a long way.
By Cielo Klass