This Mother's Day, we asked some real Mums to write some raw, heartfelt letters to their mothers, expressing how their perspective of them has changed since becoming a mother themselves. This was the result. (ps we're not crying, you're crying!).
To My Mum on Mother's Day,
There is no way I tell you often enough how much I appreciate you. Your generosity knows no bounds and have always been so supportive, even when I did things that were really hard for you, like moving to another country. You put your feelings aside and supported my decision.
As a Mum myself I feel like I truly see you now. As I grew up I saw all the things you did for us, but with a family of my own now I understand just what that meant. I understand the challenges you faced and I can truly appreciate how hard you worked and how much you gave for us.
I also now understand a little bit of what I must have put you through in my teenage years and I am VERY nervous!
Thank you for always being there and thank you for being you. We love you endlessly and are thankful for you everyday ❤
Now that I'm a mum myself, I love you more than anything. For the person you are, the mother you are and everything you did and still do for my brothers and I. I never realised until the moment my son was born the deep, deep unfathomable love I will always feel for him, the constant worry that will never go away and the need I feel to protect him from this world. The things I once thought were over the top and silly from you are now my life. I remember telling you to stop worrying so often and you would always say 'one day you'll know!' And you were right, now I do know! In my eyes, you are the perfect mother, you keep everyone and everything in order, dishes are always done and the clothes are always clean, and you still have a smile on your face and time for everyone; I could only ever hope to be half the mumma you are!
Lots of love,
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I get it now. I get that those early morning smiles weren’t always easy. That we were SO annoying in the car. That sometimes you did things for us when you couldn’t be bothered, or just wanted time for yourself. I get that you put us before yourself, over and over again. That sometimes it sucked, and sometimes it felt like Heaven.
I get now why you worried, why my decisions seemed to affect you so much, why it was hard to let me go my own way.
I didn’t understand what true, unconditional love was until I had my children. Now I understand how you feel about my brother and me. I understand that we’re your heart, living outside your body.
I understand why I sometimes drive you up the wall, and why sometimes you get tears in your eyes over the simplest of everyday things, like when I make you laugh. I understand that’s what motherhood is – the little things. I understand why you told me what to do all the time, and I’m so grateful.
Thank you Mum, for every sacrifice you’ve ever made. For loving me even when I probably didn’t deserve it, and for keeping it all together. Thanks for giving me a good kick up the bum when I needed it.
And the best thing? When people say to me, “you are so much like your mother”, well…I couldn’t think of a bigger compliment.
Love Ya, Mumsy.
Mum, thank you for being you and your unconditional love always! You have a whole new meaning in my life now that I’m a Mum too! I see my childhood so different. After having children of my own I realise how much you did for us, how much you sacrificed. I see you in a whole new light.
Having you to call when I’m worried, when you call on your way to work just to hear my voice and check in... when I don’t answer and you leave a cute voice mail message.
All the sports you drove me to, the times you got overtime and took us shopping for new clothes yet wore the same clothes for as long as I could remember... ( I’m sure you still have your nightie somewhere ;) )
I now see why you didn’t put us in care and why you took those years to be with us, because it goes so fast. As the time approaches to send Tahlee to preschool I know why you had tears letting me go. When I wanted to stay at friends houses every weekend but you wanted me to stay home because I’d been at school all week and now I see that you missed me and wanted me to be home!
Mum guilt is a real thing, am I good enough for them, am I making the right decisions for them? Do they eat enough healthy food? Do they get outside enough? Everything you once felt raising me. You’re always there to lend an ear or give advise and if I can be half the mother you are I’ll be happy ♡ My babies are lucky to have a granny ma like you!
I love you Mumma!
A letter to my Mother...
Happy Mother’s Day from me to you, How hard you worked, this is true.
You raised us well, and loved us so Nurtured us and watched us grow.
A few years have passed and the love you have shown, I can now pass this onto my own.
I now understand what it’s like to be ‘Mum’, to love unconditionally, as you have done.
So thankyou mum, there’s more I could say, but you know the feeling of lack of time in the day.
The Baby just woke as the toddlers so loud, I learnt from the best mum- I’ll try do you proud!
I love you forever,
Happy mother’s day.
Our relationship hasn't always been smooth sailing. More like navigating through a treacherous reef during a storm, at constant risk of damage beyond repair. We have different opinions and ideas. We clash over almost everything, and drive each other crazy. There has been anger, there has been distance and there has been resentment.
But things have changed. Things are different now. I have a new found respect for you since I became a Mother myself. I have realised how hard it actually is. They aren't lying when they say its the hardest and most unappreciated job you will ever do. From the moment they are born you become completely selfless, and everything you do is for your tiny human.
Unequivocally no Mother is ever a child's perfect idea of what a Mother should be. It is hard, so bloody hard to be a good Mother, and until you become one yourself, you will never understand this.
Mum, I get it now..... so thank you for doing the best you knew how, and sorry for all the turbulence. We have survived the storm and entered calmer waters. So here's to smoother sailing.
Love your daughter <3
Growing up I always knew how hard you worked - having three kids, a job, no family close by to help and a household to run. But I never stopped to appreciate it, boy do I appreciate it now.
You always use to tell me that I never slept until I was at least 4. I never knew how hard that must have been for you - until now.
You used to pay for and take me to all my sporting events. I never knew how much that extra cost must have stretched your budget - until now.
You never complained, were always so selfless and put us kids first always. You’re my best friend, the best Mum and now the best Nanny to my two boys. We love you- Happy Mother’s Day!
We Love you MUM!!!!!!