This coming sunday in the UK is Mothering Sunday. To be brutally honest, I've kind of been ignoring it, it's still cutting a little to close to home for me. The thing is, it's getting harder and harder to ignore as the day gets closer, so I want to use it as an opportunity to remember my mum and exactly what she means to me ... basically appreciating what I had with mum, the love, the hugs, the kisses, the support, the time, the words, the connection, the way she would draw on my face when I wasn't well, the way she would squeeze my hand when we were walking, the crazy sense of humour we shared, the bizarre dreams we both seemed to have and delight in telling each other, the beautiful things she handmade for me, the love of reading she gave me ... the life that she gave me.
The original meaning of Mothering Sunday has no resemblance to the meaning we attribute to it now - if you want to understand more about the original, religious, meaning, go here. Mothering Sunday is now linked to the celebration held in the US and other countries, a literal celebration of all mother's. In celebrating our mother's we are showing our thanks and our appreciation for the life that we have, for without our mother's we wouldn't be here.
So what I am asking you to do is to write down three things that you appreciate about your mum - to remind yourself, at this time, what your mum has done for you, given you, or how she has shown her love to you.