It's just a day, like any other day really, and I agree with Nickie that treating special people in your life nicely should be an all year round thing, but lately I've been feeling bogged down with the negatives of motherhood and it wasn't until the day that I realised that a little sign that I'm appreciated was needed.
Mother's Day and other related celebrations can be difficult in a single parent household. Without a Dad around to add funds or help facilitate it can leave children feeling under pressure to produce something lovely and although Cameron knows that the things I cherish most are homemade tokens of affection, I think he still feels the need to produce something spectacular. Cue an entire day of being banned from my own kitchen whilst he works away busily, emerging only briefly every once in a while to ask a question.
I didn't mind being shut out of the kitchen - I was busy knitting socks for my own Mum, a pattern I was improvising myself (no pressure there then!). I want to tweak the pattern a little more and then I might have a go at writing it up but they were quick to knit as I used aran weight wool - gorgeous Debbie Bliss Cashmerino to be exact - and I was really pleased with how they turned out.
Cameron's surprise remained under cover until Sunday morning and it was almost worth the sticky kitchen that was left in its wake - Best Mum Ever buns!
On Sunday we met up with my Mum and family for lunch. We went for a walk, had coffee and played cards, went for another walk and had a thoroughly lovely time.
On the way home I checked the horoscope app on my phone, I don't take horoscopes that seriously but it conveyed everything that was true about the experience:
This is a great time to get together with your dearest friends and family members. You have been caught up in a frantic pace or a restless state of mind. That's why it's so important to reflect on the most important things in your life. If you can spend time with those who inspire you, encourage you, support you and remind you of who you really are, it can be a very centering experience. And when you're feeling out of balance or beat up by life, centering is exactly what you need.