I always look forward to Mother's Day, as it's a time where I put my laptop away, I ignore all messages on my phone, and indulge in some quality time with my family. Personally, I like nothing more than spending the afternoon in lounge clothing (okay, let's call it what it is; tracky dacks or pyjamas), and introducing my darlings to a classic movie (eg; The Glass Bottom Boat, starring Doris Day, or Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, or When In Rome, with Kristen Bell & Josh Duhamel)...
But if you're like me, this day can also be bittersweet. This is a day that I keenly feel the passing of my mother, Robin Joy Curtis.
It's on this day I remember my mother's skill in the kitchen - she was a fabulous cook, and not afraid to ... experiment. She also loved 50's Rock n Roll, craft, sewing, quilting and creating beautiful memoir journals for us all to treasure now that she's gone. I do remember one charming afternoon when my sisters and I were watching a movie with my mother (Bachelor Party, starring Tom Hanks), and she wanted us to explain a 'contemporary' reference - what was a head job? Being the good teen girls we were, we told her (after much giggling/tears) that it was a slang term for a cut and dry at the hairdressers. We thought we'd sufficiently dodged a rather awkward conversation - until our next visit to the hairdresser where my mother asked for head jobs all round.
And it's special moments like that that get me through Mother's Day. 😂
For this Mother's Day, I have one sincere wish for you all - that you get time to refill your well. Whether you're a stay-at-home mum, or a working mum (I actually believe these are one and the same), it's easy to get swept up in the hectic treadmill of daily life - looking after others, cooking, cleaning (well, if one could be bothered), and sometimes days pass when we've spent so much time focusing on our family and work, that we realise we haven't really spared time for ourselves. When that happens, we exhaust ourselves, or start getting the cranks, and gradually that eats at what we offer to those we share our home with. I know I'm guilty of that, squeezing work, writing and family into the day and trying to juggle all that goes along with that, and I know my mother was guilty of that, also.
- a copy of Heart Breaker, my latest novel
- a beautiful mug for your preferred beverage
- a special Byron Bay cookies pack (triple fudge choc)
- some Belgian chocolates
And then you really will have to organise some 'me' time for yourself - no excuses!
Thanks for sharing, and a very Happy Mother's Day to you all! :)