Mother’s Day 2014

I don’t have particularly high expectations for Mother’s Day. I see people on social media sites getting upset that their children partners haven’t remembered, or put enough thought in or whatever, and I can’t help but think it’s only really their own expectations that have let them down. I realise that it is still a day where all the normal jobs of parenting need to get done.

In addition, I think Mothers’ Day should also be a day for celebrating ourselves. I’m so lucky that my son and my husband both show me how appreciated and loved I am much more often than not, but as mothers we also owe it to ourselves to have pride in what we do without waiting for external validation. Mother’s Day should be a day for enjoying motherhood, not necessarily just expecting to be waited on and pampered.

All of that said, I’ve done well this year.

It started with a relative lie in until quarter to seven (or quarter to eight in new time!). Ian went in to Thomas and I heard them chattering about the mail train and various other rail related stories (standard).

“What day is it today?” I heard Ian ask.

“Errr… MUMMY’S BIRTHDAY!” came the loud reply.

I couldn’t help but smile. Not quite, kiddo, but close enough. He has obviously grasped that birthday’s are special days where you buy things for people, and had connected the fact that he had bought flowers for me yesterday to reason that it must be my birthday!

In addition to flowers I got three cards, two of them handmade, along with a handmade keying from nursery. I also got breakfast in bed, which was lovely until Thomas joined me to “jump on Mummy Daddy’s bed!” and then demanded “Accident’s Happen” on YouTube (it’s a Thomas & Friends thing!) But a hot cup of tea in bed was wonderful nonetheless.

My main gift, however, was this:


When we were at Center Parcs last week, I spent a much needed afternoon relaxing in the spa. During that time, Ian took Thomas to the pottery paintig studio, where he aparently picked thie “I heart Mum” mug out all by himself, and then decorated it, mostly by himself.

He paid particular attention to the inside:


And was most insistent that Ian add a picture of a train:


Which completely sums him up.

I absolutely love it, and all the thought and time that went in to it.

I know it is a gift I will treasure, probably forever, the sentimental old softie that I am!

I hope everyone had a very happy Mother’s Day!


7 Replies to “Mother’s Day 2014”

  1. I guess this is where my “dumb American” is showing because I had no idea Mother’s Day was celebrated on different days around the world! But lo and behold, you (and Wikipedia) have taught me otherwise! Happy Mother’s Day!

    1. Glad to be of service! It’s technically “Mothering Sunday” that is celebrated in the UK, which is a Christian festival falling on the fourth Sunday in Lent. With greater societal separation from the church, it has become more widely known as Mother’s Day – which is where the confusion often begins! Either way, it’s a nice day for celebrating mothers and motherhood 🙂

  2. That is a truly fabulous mug – and I love the insistence on a train (even my husband reading over my shoulder said “Aww!”) – Happy Mother’s Day!

    1. Thank you! It is a really special mug – too special to drink from though, I think. I hoe you had a fabulous day too!

  3. What a lovely and thoughtful gift! And how adorable that Thomas connected the giving of special things with Birthdays. I’m glad you had a great mothers day – you deserve it because you are clearly a wonderful mother. xx

    1. Thank you Amy – I certainly don’t feel like a wonderful mother much of the time, but then I suppose that’s part of the job! I hope you had a lovely Mother’s Day too xx

  4. Totally! I was having a bad day the other day and someone said something really lovely to me. She said “don’t worry, doubt is normal, it’s when you stop doubting if you’re a good mother that you need to worry”. I think that doubt, that feeling like we sometimes do a rubbish job just goes to show that actually we do a wonderful one because we care so much. And yes, I had a lovely Mother’s Day too – I felt very grateful just to have one perfect little human in my life xxx

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