Mother’s Day is just around the corner and in honour of the occasion, this week we’re celebrating mums and the special role that mums of all types play.
As a child I remember proudly presenting macramé pot holders and home-made cards to mum on Mother’s Day while she propped herself up on pillows in bed. My sister and I would fight over who got to hand over the tray of burnt toast and lukewarm tea, lovingly decorated with a wilting dandelion in a plastic cup.
One memorable year I gave mum a lump of red gum tree resin on which I’d stuck a pair of googly eyes. My sister was a true artist, once spending weeks at Saturday pottery class moulding a huge stumpy lizard-like creature out of clay. She scratched her name on its belly and glazed it in a fetching crackle-effect teal. By the time she’d lugged the three kilo monster home the tail had snapped off but mum loved it. It lives in the garden to this day, scaring off neighbourhood cats.
A quick poll amongst friends and colleagues revealed a treasure trove of Mother’s Day gift memories. The more dubious include a can crusher, a set of car mats, a rock and (of course) the ubiquitous hand creams and tea towels. Startlingly, a dear friend of mine once received a frog. A frog! Now I’m a mum myself I’m fondly looking forward to the years of macaroni necklaces and collaged bookmarks (secretly, is there anything better?!)
But of course, the true essence of Mother’s Day has nothing to do with gifts or breakfast in bed. It’s a day to give the mother – or mother-figure - in your life a big smile and an even bigger bear hug. It’s a bittersweet time to remember mums no longer with us and also to reflect on our own role as mums, at the heart of our families. And hopefully, the day will involve cake.
The following video stars a cast of Lovatts staffers sharing their favourite Mother’s Day stories – I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. You can also share your own Mother’s Day story for a chance to win a prize – see competition details below.
Mother’s Day Competition
Share your favourite Mother’s Day story for a chance to WIN a prize. Post a comment below to enter – What does Mother’s Day mean to you? How do you celebrate Mother’s Day? What’s the best/worst gift you’ve received (or given)?
All comments will be entered into a random prize draw. The first entry drawn will win a complete set of FIVE Dianne Blacklock novels in a nifty Lovatts/YouPlay tote bag (RRP $134.95). Twenty five runners up will each receive one copy of a Dianne Blacklock novel (RRP $22.95).