So, when was the last time you gave your mum a bear hug?
It's been over a year since I was in the physical presence of my Mum. I miss her so much. Last year August, I flew down for a weekend alone and spent not even a handful of days with her. It was brilliant. We chatted, we giggled, we drank tea, we went shopping, we cooked, we cleaned and watched telly together.
We just hung out.
I miss that.
Especially, after my Father In Law passed away recently...
...it's got me thinking that I would gladly drive 800km just to sit beside my mum for a day. I'd drive all that way just for a cuddle. There is absolutely nothing like a warm embrace from your mum that makes you feel blessed and invigorated....and like a 8 year old girl.
Even at 40 plus *cough cough* I still want my mum when I'm ill. I still want her to feel my forehead and bring me sweet black tea. When I'm feeling stressed or emotional, I still want her to hold me tight and tell me everything is going to be okay. When I'm feeling out of control and frustrated, I hear her words and voice in my head. She is telling me to calm down, warning me that losing my quick temper never got me anywhere.
So sensible, so wise, so strong and so full of love.
If you have the luxury of having your mum living close to you - you are truly blessed. If your mum is present in your children's lives - I envy you. If you have the kind of mum that babysits when you want to pop out to the shops - do not take it for granted. Don't complain that they irritate you or get on your nerves. You are incredibly blessed to have them close to you.
Go give your mum a hug.
Thank her for giving you the best gift in the world....unconditional love.