Monday, 16 March 2015

11/52: Mother's day

Mother's day for me is normally a difficult day to get through. I don't talk to my mum, she hasn't wanted to be in my life since I was 12 so I tend to get sad that I don't have a mum to treat like most people do.  I also find this day difficult because I'm a single mum of two young children so I have to carry on as usual with no breakfast in bed or a day off from housework. Today was different from previous Mothers days though as I felt no loneliness, no sadness that my own Mum wasn't around, and I wasn't bothered about being single. All that mattered to me was the fact I got to spend the day with my family. 

I woke up this morning with the boys handing me two surprise envelopes, I had no idea they had made me something at school. Thomas made me a beautiful card with a poem inside. He had written it himself apparently, the words really touched me. Alfie also managed to make me tear up with his lovely card thanking me for all I do. 

 "Thank you for always being there and thank you for showing me you care, Thank you for all the things you do and for loving me the way you do. With love from Alfie". 

"My Mum, My mummy is beautiful because she's got blue eyes like the bright blue sky. My mummy is lovely because she helps me when i'm scared. I love my mummy because she loves me lots and lots. My mummy is helpful because when I'm ill she helps me. Love from Thomas. xxxxx" 

My sister kindly invited us round to her home for a sunday roast and some company on Mother's day. On arrival, I was greeted by some gorgeous flowers and wine which she had brought for the boys to give to me. I am extremely grateful to have a sister as kind hearted as she is. I didn't take any pictures of my family and our day together as I felt it was rude but I did grab some shots of the cousins playing together in the garden. I love how close they are and I really enjoy watching them play families which I captured in the photos below. 

The mothering job by Marian N. Kehrley
I watched my Mom fill out an application.
I looked at the line that asks about past professions.
I thought to myself, that space is too small
To write down what she's been, to cover it all.
She was a nurse when I fell and scraped my knee.
She was a maid when I didn't wipe my feet.
She was a designer when my clothes didn't match.
She was a tailor when my pants needed a patch.
She was a teacher when I asked a question.
She was a priest when I had a confession.
She was a psychiatrist when I came home crying.
She was a preacher when I got caught lying.
She was a singer when she sung me to sleep.
She was a lifeguard when she said the water's too deep.
There are many more, yet the best one to me,
She was a best friend and mine forever she'll be.

Living Arrows


  1. Hey Gemma. This is a lovely post :) You have two awesome little guys. Happy Mother's day ^_^

    1. Thank you Soudha.

  2. you baby me mummy16 March 2015 at 21:20

    Great post huni, such touching words x

    1. Thank you. x

    2. you baby me mummy19 March 2015 at 07:53

      Thanks for linking up to #PointShoot x

  3. Katie @mummydaddyme16 March 2015 at 22:07

    Thats a lovely poem. And it sounds like you were treated on mothers day by those closet to you- how kind hearted of your sister and so cute what your boys did at school for you too. x

    1. I feel lucky to have her in my life. The boys cards were a lovely surprise and so beautifully made.

  4. Gemma this was lovely - how nice the boys kept that surprise for you and how nice of your sis to get you some treats too! I find you a very inspiring person and the life you have created for your boys is wonderful to share in..I can't believe all you have done and being through and now are such a brilliant mum x

    1. Wow, thank you so much for your kind words, it really means a lot to hear that. x

  5. Single Mother Ahoy17 March 2015 at 08:53

    What an absolutely gorgeous post! I love the cards they made; you must be so proud!

    1. Thank you. The cards were an amazing surprise. They must have worked very hard at them and so neatly done too.

  6. Lisa (mummascribbles)17 March 2015 at 15:06

    There is nothing like a homemade card! I had one that he made at nursery and I nearly cried! Lovely post and lovely boys! #PointShoot

    1. I cried at the cards too, they put so much thought into them.

  7. itsmostlyokay.com19 March 2015 at 08:49

    What lovely cards! Practically made me well up reading this post - it can be little things like this that make your heart swell :) #brilliantblogposts

  8. Truly Madlykids19 March 2015 at 14:04

    You really are a lovely mum, and knowing a bit about your background now it makes you even lovelier as you have broken the cycle. Lovely x

  9. themamastory.com21 March 2015 at 20:56

    Ah that is so sweet! What lovely words. And lovely photos too.

  10. Gorgeous post, thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts, do add my badge too if you can, thanks x


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