Today I am especially grateful for the privilege of nurturing three precious children who have enriched my life since their birth and hopefully will continue to share their love and lives with me for many more years to come.
Just like the Queen gives a message to her people each Christmas, I would like to give a message to my special three offspring today on mother’s day 2013.
Enjoy and celebrate the simple pleasures that life can bring.
It seems like everyone these days is preoccupied with keeping up and getting ahead while spending less time enjoying the simple pleasures in life.
Children used to be happy with small birthday gifts and having a few friends over to their house for a party to share fairy bread, balloons and play pass the parcel.
The school dance used to be held in the gym hall with girls and boys wearing clothes they already owned.
Weddings were quaint ceremonies shared with family and close friends enjoying a meal and a dance to wish the bride and groom a happy life together. Gifts used to include mixing bowls not pledges of money.
Pregnancies and births were private times shared between the new parents and close friends and family.
Giving mum a homemade card, a gift from the school mother’s day stall (that she probably donated) and a lovingly prepared breakfast in bed surprise constituted the joyous celebrations on mother’s day.
At the risk of being old fashioned I urge everyone to strip their lives back from modern ways by taking a break from checking Facebook notifications, sending/receiving multiple text messages or spending money on unnecessary items just to impress others.
I would like everyone to gain more meaning out of what they do and enjoy the pleasures of the simple things in life.
My fondest memories of motherhood include seeing my children play with a mismatched group of toys and creating personalities, voices and adventures for them.
It was a lot like Toy Story………..maybe I should have written that down 20 years ago.
Maybe that was why the movie was such a success, we all love the thought of living in a time when life was more fun and less cluttered.