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I’m pretty sure that Charles Dick­ens didn’t have Mother’s Day in mind when he fa­mously ob­served, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” but for some it’s a sen­ti­ment that will ring true to­day. While mil­lions of moth­ers around the coun­try will be right­fully wak­ing up to break­fast in bed and luke­warm tea this morn­ing, and spoiled with hand­made cards and du­bi­ously-yet-lov­ingly wrapped gifts, for oth­ers to­day will be a bit­ter­sweet re­minder of what they have lost. Un­til the birth of my first child al­most eight years ago, I found Mother’s Day a som­bre oc­ca­sion, given my mother died when I was a teenager. Now, as a mum of two healthy (al­beit noisy) young boys, it’s once again a happy time for me, but I will al­ways be mind­ful of all those for whom it re­mains dif­fi­cult. And it’s for that rea­son two women fea­tured in our is­sue to­day – glow­ing mum Re­becca Judd and griev­ing daugh­ter Ge­or­gia Love – are a nod to both the best and worst of what Mother’s Day can mean to dif­fer­ent peo­ple.

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