I know that Valentine’s Day is traditionally celebrated by lovers, although I know that in many parts of the world, friendships, mothers and other family members are also commemorated on this day.
29 years and 6 months ago, my mother brought me into the world. Ever since that day (which of course I do not remember but am greatly thankful to her for!) she has been the absolute love of my life.
Man I love that woman!
I am not a mother and so do not understand the un-conditionality of love which mothers have for their children, despite all of their faults, stupid mistakes, stubbornness. Mine was no different.
Unfortunately for her, she had three of the most stubborn, crazy, curiously intelligent children, yet she dedicated her life to making sure we turned into the fine upstanding citizens that we are today (if I do say so myself! Aha!).
She reared us with an iron tongue and a stern look.
In fact, she had a look that would have turned Medusa to stone. When we were out of line, (and I’m sure my brothers would vouch for this) she needn’t ever have raised her voice.
We all knew and loved that look (sorry mum…)
Thankfully, she did not have to endure the worst of my teenage angst and puberty. I wouldn’t have wished that on anyone, especially not my own mother.
(Anyway, I digress)
19 years and 9 months ago she left us to fend for ourselves. I say left, but in reality she was rudely stolen. It still hurts like it was yesterday but we love her no less. She made us who we are today, her memory comforts us in our times of self-doubt and anger.
I’m sure she’s in heaven, smiling at our continued faults, stupid mistakes, stubbornness…
Happy Valentine’s Day Mum. I love you!
How did you celebrate this Valentine’s Day?