There is a well known quote about how you don't realise the depth of your Mothers love, until you become a Mother. While I understand the sentiment I can't say I agree with it. You always made sure we knew exactly how much you loved us. Your love for us was an ocean, it washed over us daily in everything you did.
On the face of it most people would describe our childhood; growing up in a council house, benefits being our only income, being raised mostly by a single parent... As being a tough one, or that in some way we were deprived. Yet against all of those odds you made us feel so lucky, blessed to have a home so filled with love and laughter.
You taught me everything I needed to know about being a mother. You were patient and kind, no matter how someone acted or appeared you tried to see the good, instilled empathy, showing us that you can never judge a book by its cover, laughter was the best of medicines and above all else, not to be afraid to love deeply.
Everything I am today I owe to you, and I promise to teach Zoe all of these lessons.
Happy Mother's Day Mum, I miss you every single day, but at times when I feel overwhelmed with missing you I remember these words that you lovingly stitched, and now hangs on my wall...
To laugh often and love much
To win respect of intelligent people
And the affection of children
To earn the approbation of honest critics
And endure the betrayal of false friends
To appreciate beauty
To find the best in others, To give one's self
To leave the world a little better, Whether by a healthy child
A garden patch, Or redeemed social condition
To have played and laughed with enthusiasm
And sung with exultation
To know even one life has breathed easier
Because you have lived...
This is to have succeeded.