Mother’s Day sur­prises never fail to tug my heart­strings

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - INSIDER -

The frenzy of in­dus­try that co­in­cides with Mother’s Day each year never fails to de­light and this year proved no dif­fer­ent as my hus­band pressed cold cash into small hands for the pri­mary school Mother’s Day stall and my 13-year-old nom­i­nated me for a mu­si­cal speak­ing role in the high school Mother’s Day mass.

By Thurs­day I had a huge sur­prise in store as my nine-year-old launched her singer/song­writ­ing ca­reer in front of a cou­ple of hun­dred sets of eyes, some wet like my own, at an out­door school assem­bly.

Mother’s Day seems to in­spire the great­est con­spir­a­cies in our house and once again this proved the case as Miss Nine worked in se­cret pen­ning an orig­i­nal trib­ute while crack­ing the whip and ex­tract­ing a chord chart from dad which she then thrust eagerly into the hands of a har­ried teacher who was re­cruited to play ac­com­pa­ni­ment. (Thanks Mrs Keatinge).

If you’ll in­dulge this proud mother dear reader, I thought I’d share the com­po­si­tion with you to­day.

Happy Mother’s Day to all mums and car­ers, and dad and teacher con­spir­a­tors ev­ery­where: Verse 1: Eyes like di­a­monds, hair like sand­stone — oooooh, oooooh

Lips as red as roses, lashes black as coal stones — oooooh, oooooh Cho­rus: Roses are red and vi­o­lets are blue and mother dear I love you (re­peat)

Sun­flow­ers are gold and daisies are two (sic) but mother I can’t live my life with­out you Verse 2: You go to work ev­ery day and come home most nights* — oooooh, oooooh

You put on lots of makeup that you don’t need to look beau­ti­ful — oooooh, oooooh Cho­rus Verse 3: You’re al­ways talk­ing on the phone, please leave it alone — oooooh, oooooh

I love you so much mother can I please have a new phone — oooooh, oooooh

Bridge: Mothers they cook for us, Mothers they clean for us

Mothers they sing to us, Mothers are our ev­ery­thing. Cho­rus re­peat x 2

* Mother should point out she does come home ev­ery night, but some­time af­ter daugh­ter’s bed­time

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