Saturday, May 10, 2008

This is......My MUM

The theme for this weeks This is....of course is My Mum, in celebration of Mother's Day and recognising all that they are and have done for us.

My mum was only 16 when she had me and by the time she was 19 had my brother as well, she moved from her families home to Wellington New Zealand where we were born, then moved to the fast paced life of Sydney with no money, 2 small children an urgent need to find work, day care and friendship. We lived in Kings Cross with my dad at this time and then onto Rose Bay.

My mum has always worked hard (sometimes even 2 jobs) to try to give us everything we could have wanted, by the time I was 8 years old my parents had separated and my mum raised us alone from then on. As our immediate family are still mostly in New Zealand, my mum has been our family support almost single handed.

I have many fond memories of going on weekend picnics, rowing at Audley, Birthdays at Luna Park and a Hotel Room with friends - and many surprise birthdays. I also have memories of mum sewing my clothes, dress up costumes and trying to teach my to knit, latchhook.

Mum enjoyed entertaining and always had friends over for BBQ's or parties and she was a great cook and still is.

Mum is a hard worker, has alot of common sense and the ability to do almost anything from painting her house to embroidery on a blanket. She loves to go out and party as well as spend hours in the garden. Life for my mum has been tough having to do many things on her own without too much support but through all of this she has instilled in us good ethics, kindness to others and to be inclusive of others - we were often the hosts of the orphaned Christmas/special occasion lunches, and It is because of her that I am the person I am today.

With me as a baby -1974
Striking a pose
Now a Grandma -with Bronte in 2000 On our Husky Holiday in April.

Happy Mother's Day mum, I hope you enjoyed The Tenors.

We Love you.

...And here is what I got from my beautiful children today
2 hand made cards, bracelet, bookmark, compact mirror, a drawing.
As well as a sleep in, breakfast on waking (I am one for eating in bed), and a cosy day at home sorting my photo folders.
And as requested a 3 month Gym membership......MMMM now I will most certainly have to get down there and try to get back into some sort of shape.


Maureen said...

What a nice tribute to your mother Sarah. Glad YOU had a happy day too.

Anonymous said...

Well Sarah, I started at the top then scrolled down to find this most overwhelming little piece thank you so much for the beautifully written & heat felt entry & am indeed greatful & so so very proud of your achievements through sometime adverse times.

much love Mum