Its Mother's Day today in the UK - a day set aside to honour the special bond between a mother and child, although we all know that we don't need that day as that bond is celebrated everyday in the hearts of mothers all over the world. The retail world is the real beneficiary of today as flowers, cards, perfume and other gifts are hurriedly purchased. the hospitality industry also benefits as mothers will be taken out for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Mothers Day creates expectations and sadly some mothers will start questioning their worth based on those expectations not being met.
There is no replacement for a mothers love and those unfortunate enough to be deprived of it carry the scars for the rest of their lives. It's now been scientifically proven that children who are neglected and unloved by their mothers and whose mothers are not responsive to them during the first two years of their lives are affected forever! You can read an article about it here. Read it - its amazing!
I am one of the luckiest people in the world because I know without doubt that I was loved by my mother. One of six children my mother often said that none of us were planned but ALL of us were wanted. I felt that love in my mother's baking, the dresses made for us, the hanky that wiped tears away, the grasp of her hand on my first day of school and the love showered on my children - her grandchildren.
My wish today is that all mothers never forget the privilage it is to bring life into the world and the sacred place they hold in thier children's hearts. Let your children know that you love and approve of them and that you will do forever. Mothers Day is agreat opportunity for that!