The Mother of all days to cel­e­brate

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

WITH Moth­er­ing Sun­day al­most upon us, I felt it would be quite poignant to use my col­umn to let my own dear mother know just how much I love her and how much I ap­pre­ci­ate her. And in the great­est act of chivalry that I could muster, I thought I would hand my beloved col­umn over to her, so that she can have her say. So, without any fur­ther ado, I give you Mrs P. P. Web­ster, my mum. cel­e­bra­tion of Mother’s Day. I’m the mother of two great sons who have looked out for me since their dad died more than 20 years ago. Like all moth­ers of sons, we’ve had our ups and downs – more downs than ups in Webbo’s case. We came to Ash­ford from Lon­don in 1967 and moved to Stan­hope. My old­est son Mark was five and Webbo just three. Mark went straight to school and Webbo to playschool – for just one day. He re­ally didn’t like it and for the teach­ers’ san­ity, I never took him back. Like most moth­ers in those days we were “work­ing mums” and my first job was work­ing at En­er­gens (RHM). As my hus­band came home from work, I went out. That worked out well for every­one, but how I hated those crisp­breads! Then I went to work on the fields and I was pa­thetic at it. Pota­toes or straw­ber­ries, I don’t know which was worse. One day the farmer caught me “pick­ing” the straw­ber­ries with nail scis­sors – need­less to say, the farmer wasn’t im­pressed and I didn’t earn very much at that one. I did sev­eral jobs as the boys grew up, fit­ting in with the school hours and it worked out quite well. I apol­o­gise on a weekly ba­sis to my daugh­ters-in-laws for my sons’ lack of DIY skills and, to the boys credit, they both mar­ried girls very ca­pa­ble in that depart­ment. We do our best to guide our chil­dren as they grow up and hope and pray that they get there. I am very proud of my sons and I am sure all you Mums out there feel the same. So let’s give our­selves a pat on the back and I wish you all a very happy Mother’s Day.

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