This International Women’s Day post is for my Mam one of the most important women in my life and raised me into the person I am today.
My mother is amazing. Simple as; really I could leave it at that but it wouldn’t do her any justice and my blog SEO would be screaming at me! She is one of my best friends, my confident and one of the biggest helps I could ever ask for. She doesn’t moan if I ask her to have the kids for a couple of hours or the night. Don’t get me wrong I don’t expect it of her and if she is busy she is busy after all she has a life too. I felt that for International Women’s Day was the perfect time to show how much I love her.
She is always there at the end of the phone if I need talking down out of an anxiety attack even though more often than not she isn’t aware that I’m in one (I guess when it’s a regular occurrence I just sound normal) I can moan about everyone and everything to her too which even if it isn’t something she has experienced first hand she gives her opinion which is always helpful even if I don’t agree with it.
I am lucky to have both parents who have done so much for me from being so sick at such a young age. My Dad stayed at home with my sister and brother whilst when I had a 10 day ish stint in Leeds General Infirmary she stayed with me. She laughed along with me so I didn’t cry; making poo jokes and dealing with the commode. When in the Friarage I would sit with her whilst she was on shift so that I didn’t go stir crazy and be an even worse patient. Seriously I was awful because I was constantly in pain that couldn’t be controlled and living with at the time undiagnosed mental health problems.
Sometimes I don’t give her enough credit for everything she does; like when I was in hospital before I had Button she had Ra-Ra for the week even though she also had my niece and nephews too. Then 00Steve went to pick her back up and we thought my waters went so she wasn’t a child down like anticipated, heck she even brought Ra-Ra to meet Button for the first time too. She even though I’m an adult still comes to hospital appointments with me if I ask her too. It is nice knowing I have that comfort in her which so many people either don’t have in a parent or their parent has sadly passed away.
I really do love my Mam and knowing that being a parent of three demanding children for very different reasons can’t have been easy but the fact you both her and my Dad muddled through the best they could without a handbook (seriously all parents should be given a handbook that is as individual as each child, yes I know but I can dream) Not only have we all turned out pretty well but you now get the joys of giving children back in the form of your grandchildren.
We all love you so much Mam and you are the best Nannie in the world too. I hope everyone has an amazing International Women’s Day; strong women may we be them, may we know them and may we raise them.