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Mum's the word.

“When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.”

~ Sophia Loren

She said be happy...

My mum is a pretty remarkable woman; fiercely intelligent, crazy independent, a doer, a seeker, always on top of the latest technology kind of lady, stubborn, yet open to new things, a provider of all things for her family forsaking her own pleasure much of the time, a great conversationalist, a great task master, a gin lover and a hater of surprises.

The picture below is of her (second in from the right) and her life long friends at her surprise 60th surprised she was still in her track pants after a swim to greet guests from all over the world. Made to feel special at her surprise party, she beamed the entire night and for weeks afterwards. I'm so glad I could give her that experience.

She has given me one of the greatest gifts you can give a child - the dream of happiness.

In my childhood conversations with her about what I would do when I was grown up, she would tell me - there is only one thing I want for you, above all the riches and success, above all the great achievements that await you, and the many adventures you will have, I want you to be happy. The most important life lesson and the greatest gift from my Mum to me.

I wish I could spend time with her every day to show her how much she means to me, not just on her birthday, or Mother’s Day, but she lives in Ireland and I live in Melbourne.... if she was here I would be spoiling her as often as possible!

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