THANKS MUM: Make sure you thank you mum for all the little things she has done for you over the years.
THANKS MUM: Make sure you thank you mum for all the little things she has done for you over the years. Catherine Yeulet

It’s what mothers just do

HAVE you ever worn a macaroni necklace? In public? With pride?

Have you ever lost sleep to a crying baby? Have you ever pulled off a Women's Weekly birthday cake? Even attempted one? Have you ever pacified a screaming child with confectionery? Have you ever told a teenager to turn their music down, their phone off or their grunts into something closer to intelligible speech?

Have you ever worried about Facebook friends and song lyrics and movie ratings?

Have you ever snuggled up to read a bedtime story? Have you ever been embarrassed by the social skills of a toddler? Outsmarted by the technical prowess of a teenager? Have you ever measured the passage of time in trimesters? Felt a life move inside you? Been the headline act in a delivery room?

Have you ever extracted a loose tooth? Traded it for cash in the quiet of night?

Have you ever agonised over report cards, sweated through parent-teacher interviews or grappled with contact?

Have you ever healed a hurt with a kiss?

Have you ever wiped a bottom or a nose or cleaned up vomit that wasn't your own?

Have you ever given lessons in colours and shapes and the importance of sharing?

Have you ever styled a Book Week costume?

Have you ever captured a moment that can never be repeated? Placed a new mark on a growth chart? Photographed a first day? Recorded a graduation with equal measures of pride and sadness?

Have you ever played peekaboo?

Have you ever held a hand crossing the road? With a baby in your other arm? While carrying groceries?

Have you ever had your hands so full you've resorted to picking things up with your feet?

Have you ever talked a toddler out of a tantrum? Ever spectacularly failed?

Have you ever pulled ridiculous faces or made ridiculous noises or sung ridiculous songs for a child's amusement?

Have you ever negotiated stairs with a stroller?

Have you ever pushed a child on a swing, or caught them at the bottom of a slide or demonstrated the laws of seesaw physics?

Have you ever become emotionally invested in a game of junior sport?

Have you ever filled a lunchbox or written a note or tested a times table? Ever questioned your aptitude at doing so?

Have you ever turned a spoonful of food into an aeroplane?

Have you ever done the hokey-pokey?

Have you ever experienced the bliss, the chaos, the craziness, the monotony, the agony, the thrill, the challenge, and the honour of mothering?

Happy Mother's Day.



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