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We Love Mums!

03
May
2012
 

By Jessie

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and in honour of the occasion, this week we’re celebrating mums and the special role that mums of all types play.

As a child I remember proudly presenting macramé pot holders and home-made cards to mum on Mother’s Day while she propped herself up on pillows in bed. My sister and I would fight over who got to hand over the tray of burnt toast and lukewarm tea, lovingly decorated with a wilting dandelion in a plastic cup.

One memorable year I gave mum a lump of red gum tree resin on which I’d stuck a pair of googly eyes. My sister was a true artist, once spending weeks at Saturday pottery class moulding a huge stumpy lizard-like creature out of clay. She scratched her name on its belly and glazed it in a fetching crackle-effect teal. By the time she’d lugged the three kilo monster home the tail had snapped off but mum loved it. It lives in the garden to this day, scaring off neighbourhood cats.   

A quick poll amongst friends and colleagues revealed a treasure trove of Mother’s Day gift memories. The more dubious include a can crusher, a set of car mats, a rock and (of course) the ubiquitous hand creams and tea towels. Startlingly, a dear friend of mine once received a frog. A frog! Now I’m a mum myself I’m fondly looking forward to the years of macaroni necklaces and collaged bookmarks (secretly, is there anything better?!)

But of course, the true essence of Mother’s Day has nothing to do with gifts or breakfast in bed. It’s a day to give the mother – or mother-figure - in your life a big smile and an even bigger bear hug. It’s a bittersweet time to remember mums no longer with us and also to reflect on our own role as mums, at the heart of our families. And hopefully, the day will involve cake.

The following video stars a cast of Lovatts staffers sharing their favourite Mother’s Day stories – I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. You can also share your own Mother’s Day story for a chance to win a prize – see competition details below.

Jessie x

 


Mother’s Day Competition


Share your favourite Mother’s Day story for a chance to WIN a prize.
Post a comment below to enter – What does Mother’s Day mean to you? How do you celebrate Mother’s Day? What’s the best/worst gift you’ve received (or given)?

All comments will be entered into a random prize draw. The first entry drawn will win a complete set of FIVE Dianne Blacklock novels in a nifty Lovatts/YouPlay tote bag (RRP $134.95). Twenty five runners up will each receive one copy of a Dianne Blacklock novel (RRP $22.95).

Click here for competition details

51 Responses to

We Love Mums!

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austhome3 said:
May 05, 2012 at 9:35 AM

I became a mum for the first time and I remember the first Mother's day so long ago. My husband prepared a sumptuous feast for me and I'll always remember those roses that were freshly picked.

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May 05, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Mothers Day to me means 4 generations of us girls getting together (my grandma, my mum, my daughter & myself) for a nice morning tea & spending time together. I love everything my daughter has give me & the best gift I've ever given (along with my mum & brother) was giving my grandmother a certificate to say we'd paid her rent for a month - her facial expression was priceless & well worth the cost

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kiturah said:
May 05, 2012 at 2:20 PM

I was raised by my mother after my father died when I was an infant. I remember about age 8 (say 1960) walking two miles to a store to get shorts and a sleeveless shirt for her to garden in the hot Texas weather. I had half enough money. The sales lady gave them to me and I promised to bring the rest of the money back. I dutifully gave her half the outfit for mothers day. And I walked back with the rest of the money to face a completely different sales lady and insist on paying the rest of what I owed, so I could give her the other half, a week later.

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Nita70 said:
May 05, 2012 at 2:37 PM

My Mother passed away during my early teenage years when I needed her the most. Now I have a Beautiful Daughter who is the same age as me when I lost my Mum. So we now keep her spirit and memory alive by attending 'plant a tree for Mums Day' every year in the gardens of Perth sponsored by our local community newspaper. Its a difficult and emotional day but also tears of joy and gratitude that I am blessed to have my Daughter and to remember her Grandmother.

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kamra said:
May 05, 2012 at 5:26 PM

When my youngest son was 2 1/2 years old, he contracted bacterial meningitis. He was extremely ill and almost died. The Doctors and Nurses were totally wonderful with their care but they gave us little hope that he would survive and if he did ever come out of his coma (which lasted 10 days) it would be more than likely that he would be in a vegetative state for the rest of his life. I will NEVER forget the morning that I walked into ICU and my baby boy was awake and he said "Hi Mum". He has been left with disabilities but he is alive and a joy to many people. That moment was the best ever as a Mum.

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May 05, 2012 at 8:36 PM

I can thank my Mum for any skill I have with word games, spelling and writing. I was a very sick kid, and to get a nap in the afternoon, Mum would make up a simple word puzzle for me, which gave her half an hour or so of blessed silence. Except when she made up a story about a little girl who had pneumonia - she left out letters that I had to fill in. The silence was broken with "Mu-u-u-m! What have I got that starts with "p"? A muffled voice spelled out the word, and silence reigned. We loved books, and would read at lunchtime, bedtime, anytime, and I love them still. Thank you, Mum.

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marybelle said:
May 05, 2012 at 11:38 PM

I love my Mum & she knows that. I also know I am loved in return by my children. One Mother's Day I received a tackle box as a gift. I don't fish. We still laugh about it. It became my seed storage box.

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Addy said:
May 06, 2012 at 10:52 AM

My darling 24 year old grandaughter has just sent me a beautiful Mother's Day Card from Breast Cancer Institute of Australias Mothers Day Research Appeal, having donated to that appeal for me. I am blessed.

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said:
May 06, 2012 at 4:32 PM

I was born on Mothers Day and my mum always said I was the best Mothers Day present ever... a baby girl after my 4 gorgeous brothers. She's passed now but was the kind of mum who always put others first. She lost her husband, my dad, with 5 small children, 12-2 yrs to care for. She devoted her life to raising us (except each day during 'Days of Our Lives') RIP Mum.

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bika said:
May 06, 2012 at 7:08 PM

For me, every day is mother's day. If I don't get my kiss and hug, I get very cranky :D.

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PEN567 said:
May 06, 2012 at 9:16 PM

One of my memories,of my mum,on mothers day,was,that she would be given the day,of all cooking duties.All of us three kids,my brother john,my sister Clare,and myself,would get up,and prepare,a lovely breakfast,of cereal,bacon and eggs,and toast,and a nice cup of tea,or coffee.We would have this,at the breakfast table,as our mum,did not like,having breakfast in bed.It was nice,to share her day,with her.We would give her gifts,that she liked.She liked personal things,for herself.We liked doing this for her,as we appreciated,all she had done,for us.She loved us,and we loved her.And now she is gone,we treasure her memory,every mothers day.

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Xrosie said:
May 07, 2012 at 7:44 AM

My late mother raised twins at the ripe old age of 48, after the death of my father. Jan my younger sister helped her, giving up a normal life, and thetwins turned out terrific, Brice being a senior naval officer, and Trudy running her own business. Mum still had time for her two other daughters if we needed help too. Thanks Mum miss you heaps.

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drumagirl said:
May 07, 2012 at 2:03 PM

The best gift me and my brother and sisters gave mum(44) was a couple years ago she got very very sick and we were told she was going to die but she held in there and on mothers day a couple of months after she managed to get out of bed for the first time. It was amazing, really she gave us the gift but it shows how hard she tries as a mum that she continually fights just to stay with us. Now the fight is cancer but she is still staying strong. This mothers day may not have been able to happen for mum so we treasure it all the more, I hope there will still be more to come.

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May 07, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Mothers Day is so special as nothing beats being a mum except last Mother's Day when our two daughters both gave me a unique mother's day gift, both told us they were pregnant and have since presented us with both a granddaughter and grandson. What a double blessing.

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lynlyn said:
May 07, 2012 at 4:56 PM

However you like to celebrate Mothers Day, I wish one and all a very special time with your loved ones.

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May 08, 2012 at 12:15 PM

My mum died soon after Mother's Day last year, so this is my brother and my first with out her influence. She had great impact on our lives and gave us both fabulous skills to manage our lives. We will miss her dearly this coming Sunday

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maxyp1 said:
May 08, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Mothers DAY IS A WONDERFUL DAY FOR ME CELEBRATED WITH MY DAUGHTERS WHEN THEY CAN MAKE IT AND MY GRANDCHILDREN . My mum died 12 years ago and I still miss her everyday. Mums are wonderful people what would we do without them.

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pdiaco said:
May 09, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Well here's something different. My mum passed away in 2006, but her legacy could be a reform of legal and political structures to incorporate Civil Code Law and Citizen Control Groups, because there is a latent $200 million lawsuit against a state governement that trampled legal and political processes in its attempts to foil her Will. So far however everyone is keeping mum about Mum.

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rainee said:
May 09, 2012 at 10:51 AM

I just want to thank my Mum, who sadly is not with us anymore for all the love she showered on my sister and myself. Our parents were really poor and we lived in a rented house but we were rich in the way we were taught how to behave and the respect for each other. I hope all the Mums out there at least get a hug and a 'thank you' from their children.

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Elizabet said:
May 09, 2012 at 7:17 PM

My Daughter Linda, She is a dedicated and a fantastic Mother, I would love to see her awarded for just being who she is. A terrific Mother and my daughter.

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Elizabet said:
May 09, 2012 at 7:18 PM

I love you Linda.