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I laughed and cried read­ing the ar­ti­cle ‘In My Day’ in the Au­gust-oc­to­ber is­sue of Lit­tle Trea­sures. Three brave women open­ing up about their ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing a mother in New Zealand in the 1970s – such a dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence to what we have now, yet sim­i­lar in so many ways too. This ar­ti­cle proved the value of kind­ness from strangers and the im­por­tance of hav­ing some­one you can trust to share things with, help out or just be there when you need them. As a mum of a busy oneyear-old, I know how lonely it can get when you’re do­ing the same thing day to day and sim­i­lar – my cof­fee group was my saviour! It was in­ter­est­ing to read about part­ner ex­pec­ta­tions also – so many of us have amaz­ing hus­bands and part­ners th­ese days who help out with child­care, house­work and cook­ing the meals – 40 years ago there’s no way this was the sta­tus quo! It made me feel blessed to have such a great guy in my life, and also gave me a sense of per­spec­tive about my own mum, who as a sin­gle mother raised my three sib­lings and me with very lit­tle help and not a lot of money. But what we lacked in ma­te­rial things, she def­i­nitely made up for with cud­dles and love. Bot­tom line – mums are amaz­ing and we need to keep re­mind­ing our­selves of that! Carly, Napier

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