Our mums are everything, treat them that way
We often forget just how much our mothers do for us until we realise they are mere humans, not superheroes.
They cry like their children, they bleed like their children, they hurt like their children and they get sick like their children. The truth is, our mums do so much for us and sometimes we just forget how to appreciate them for it. You can take your mum for granted sometimes. You can push her away, make her feel like you don’t need her but she is always there when you do need her. She never holds past decisions you made against you, or hold harsh words you may have said in a time of anger against you. But it comes back to realising that mum isn’t always going to be around, and you start to realise just how much you need to appreciate her when you may lose her sooner than expected. My mum was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, and the magnitude of what could happen struck our small, tightknit family. We were a family of women who argued, blamed mum for everything, never thanked her, held everything against her, and hid everything from her. She was a background player in our game who fed us, clothed us and provided for us, and it struck us that we could lose her and never truly took the time to appreciate her. It was a time of adjusting. From crying due to not getting our own way with her, to crying with her. From whining about not getting what we wanted to wishing we just had her back to normal and nothing else, we felt the true magnitude of the disease, as well as the realisation of how much she actually did for us. So this Mother’s Day, and every day following, show your mum your true appreciation for the part she holds in your life. For being there, for helping you up when you’re down, for doing your washing, cooking your tea, every small thing needs to be appreciated. Three years later, Mum is in remission. She is doing great and has instilled hope in others fighting the same disease. It’s a wake-up call that we need to appreciate our loved ones not just on Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, but every day. For Mother’s Day this year, I plan on giving my mum the best gift a daughter can give, the knowledge that I love her and appreciate everything she does for me. What are you doing?