Mother’s Day is coming up and despite it’s commercial nature I’m always keen to acknowledge my wonderful Mum. All too often my reflex action is to send her a lovely card and a big bunch of flowers (because she lives in England) and I thought this year it would be nice to show her how much I love her in another way, and reflect on some of the Magical Moments we’ve had together over the years.
Mum has always been a sounding board for me. She may not like what I’ve told her and I may not always have liked what she’s said in return, but we’ve never fallen out. Never.
I think she’s been wise never to tell me definitively not to do something but rather just put her point of view across and then bitten her tongue to keep quiet, and most times I’ve paid heed and thanked her for her wisdom afterwards. We’ve always had fun together though, and enjoyed each other’s company. I love the way she can light up a room with her smile and joyous personality.
My best friend
I think the first time I realised she was my best friend was when she got the heel of her shoe stuck in the matting of a department store in Exeter (England) when we were on a Christmas shopping spree when I was about 15. The automatic doors opened and closed on her as snow fell and all she could do was laugh.
She didn’t think to take her foot out of the shoe because afterwards she told me it might have got squashed and she couldn’t afford another pair. To begin with I was distraught that my Mum could cause such a commotion in public, but then I began laughing too and to this day we always giggle about that unfortunate encounter with a rubber mat, and it’s been the jumping off point to so much more hilarity when we’re together.
That day I learned not to take life too seriously and we’ve laughed together ever since about the stupidest things, as well as having had just the best shopping excursions together.
I’ve chosen a couple of Autumn looks (from Millers online store) which if we were shopping together Mum and I might go for. I know she’d be tickled pink with the value for money. What do you think – would you go for either of these looks?
I love that Millers creates stylish clothes for real women with an accent on comfort. I wonder if you can tell which clothes I’ve chosen for her and which for me? Answers in the comments if you dare 🙂 Or why not tell me what you like instead?
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A time that makes me cry
One of the most poignant times I can remember which makes me feel weepy is the day she drove me to Heathrow Airport and then apparently cried all the way home on her journey driving back to Devon (about 4 hours). I’d just given birth to our son, and when he was only 5 weeks we left Devon to travel to a remote town three hours from Kathmandu in Nepal where my husband had accepted a two year project as a geologist.
To me, it was just another adventure, but to Mum I think it seemed like the end of the world, and now as a mother myself I shudder as I think about all the possibilities of danger we were exposed to with respect to dangerous roads, a remote location, dubious medical facilities, even more dubious hygiene standards and water that had to be filtered four times before we could drink it. As she watched me walk away from her towards Departures, with my baby in the orange pampouse, she said she felt the world was crumbling … but she never told me at the time, and for that I am ever so grateful.
Other magical moments I’ll always remember with Mum.
Riding on a camel together in Lanzarote and laughing so hard as the camel got up that we nearly fell off.
Taking her with us on a three month camping and bicycling trip around South Africa.
Spending time with her in the beautiful garden she’s created with her partner that’s filled with fruit and flowers.
Listening to Nigel Kennedy play The Four Seasons on the radio as we drove through the Karoo on a hot day in South Africa, windows down shrieking and ‘conducting’ into the wind – just a little hysterical because we’d nearly run out of petrol and there wasn’t a gas station for many kilometres.
Laughing like drains when we had a strange conversation with a man we thought was the local butcher and he turned out to be a local builder who looked very bemused when we said how much we enjoyed his sausages
It’s always a magical moment when I see (on the rare occasion) my husband and Mum together. Living so far away, this happens infrequently.
Meeting her at various airports as she’s holidayed with us in various places we’ve lived around the world, and always feeling a rush of excitement to see her walk into the Arrivals hall.
Still laughing about the day we got lost when I was driving her to Johannesburg Airport in South Africa after one of her visits. After going round in circles and wondering if I’d get her to her plane on time, I had to think of a last resort (no Google Maps in those days). At a traffic light in the pouring rain, I wound down my window to ask a motorcyclist if he could tell me the way. “Follow me!” he said, and I had to drive so fast to keep up with him that all we could do was laugh.
Watching her form lovely relationships with her grandchildren.
Going shopping and trying on clothes together – we are both hopeless shop-a-holics always in search of the elusive bargain.
There are so many more magical moments I’ve had with Mum, too many to mention here, but I hope Mum enjoys a trip down along memory lane as she too remembers these special moments.
Happy Mother’s Day in advance Mum! We all love you x
Lifestylers, why not tell me about one of the magical moments you’ve had with your Mum?
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