Monday, May 15, 2017

Day 2769 - What Mothers Day Means to Me

What does Mothers Day mean to you?

I love days like Mothers Day and I tend to celebrate them with gusto.  I also like to share our celebrations on my social media so as to include my extended family and friends who are scattered around Australia and the globe.  I'm one of those annoying people who fills your Mothers Day feed with happiness, smiley faces, hearts and flowers.

I get that it can become over commercialised and feel artificial for some.

It can also feel sad and seeing the social media buzz might cause some emotion.

But having special days like Mothers Day slotted into the annual calendar allows me to stop and focus.  For me these days are like high viz flags along the road that shout "stop and be grateful" or "stop and reflect" or "stop and smell the roses".

For me Mothers Day is:

  • An opportunity for me to gather extended family together in one place for a meal.
  • The chance to update my photo album with family photos of our growing children and ever expanding extended family. 
  • A way in which to connect with all the mother figures in my life. 
  • A day of gratitude. 
  • A day of memories. 
  • A day of rest and relaxation as my family ensure my every need is met.
  • A reminder that I'm lucky to have my mother, my maternal grandmother and my kids in my life.
  • A chance to contact friends and family who have lost their mums (or their bubs) and tell them I'm thinking of them.
  • The chance for a good meal, lots of laughs and new slippers.

Yesterday we had a big brunch that included my hubby, kids. parents, in-laws, cousins, nephews, nieces and it also included my 96 year old grandmother,  There were photos, gifts and cake.

I know there will come a time that this day may feel bittersweet.  But for now Mothers Day is a day I look forward to.

What does Mothers Day mean to you?


  1. For me, Mother's Day means coming together as a family and enjoying the day. I love receiving handmade gifts from my kids, and/or the gifts carefully selected and bought from the stall at school. My three girls put decorated posters up on the walls, little works of art that I love. I cry like a baby when I read their cards; I am always blown away by the way the express their love for me. I treasure the cards. I enjoy being with my family, eating too much! :)

  2. We tend to celebrate it just in our little family of 3. We always have a nice brekky that my kitchen allergic daughter contributes to & then we go for lunch. In Sydney we'd do something with my Mum in the evening, but now we're away - & she was away too yesterday. I often wish we could all get together, but sadly I don't think that will happen.

  3. What a lovely way to spend Mother's Day Leanne! I'm big on tradition and each year my daughter and I run in the Mother's Day Classic in memory of my Mum. That starts my day. This year I started with the run, then lunch for Mike's Mum who is 91 next month and finished the day with afternoon tea with my son. It was lovely and nice to catch up with my children separately for some one-on-one time. That is rare so I lap it up and enjoy their company.
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

  4. We used to do that kind of thing when my Mum was alive but in recent years with our family becoming adults and needing to be in a few different places at once, we stopped. I am saddened in some way but life has well and truly moved on in our large, city-based family. I was fortunate though to have my daughter and 3 of her kids come up and I put lunch on for them. I believe mothers need to be mothered too!! Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek 20/52. Next week "How I learn best."

  5. Mother's Day has been miserable for me the past few years because I didn't get to spend it with my kids. So this year was lovely, even though we didn't have the money to do much. It was also sad though, as my own Mum has leukaemia and dementia and needs 24-hour-care in a nursing home. This was her first Mother's Day in the nursing home, and the first time we didn't have a family meal together (even if I didn't have my kids) as she is no longer well enough to go out. She didn't even know what day it was, bless her, or why she was getting present, flowers and phone calls. So this year was just being grateful for having my children back in my life, that Mum is still here, but feeling sad that she has declined so rapidly. It was an emotional day for me.

  6. That's lovely, sounds like you had a great Mother's Day.
    This year I started a new "chapter" of Mother's Days I suppose. I haven't celebrated it in the few years since mum died, obviously. But last night we had my boyfriend's parents over for dinner and it was really lovely. :)

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