23 years ago today I became a mother. The dear one and I welcomed a lovely baby girl into the world. We couldn’t have been more proud or more excited and little did we know that what kind of ride we would be on as parents. 3 years after that we were parents of three (yep, 3 children in 3 years, a bit wild but worth it in the end) wonderful children.
There is much of those early years that is much a blur but there are some significant moments that stand out.
Watching our eldest learn to crawl while visiting family in England and the determination and persistence on her face – a quality she has not lost over the years! Introducing our eldest daughter to her younger sister in the hospital and she immediately claimed that this was her baby. Second daughter thumping around in her pink high tops singing at the top of her lungs ‘We are rough! We are tough!’ – a family song from that era. Youngest and our only son going down the stairs of our home in Gaspe on his stomach feet first before his first birthday with much laughter, excitement and control. All three of them painting themselves with water paints on the big verandah that was in front of that home. Going through the busy teenage years with school, work, and other activities taking up more and more and more of their time. Being challenged on all fronts about all the things they thought were difficult about being our children. Through all that joy and struggle I have been proud, happy and amazed to be their mother.
Now they have all left home for university and are beginning new lives of their own. I am still their mother.
I will always be their mother. So this post is to say thank you to my eldest daughter for making me a mother and to my other daughter for making the joy deeper and to my son for loving so freely and well. My darlings thank you for letting me be a mother. Thank you for forgiving my many, many mistakes. Thank you for the joy, the tears and the amazing laughter. Thank you for the hugs, the cooking and the laundry. Thank you for all the wonderful creative messes we have made together over the years. Thank you for teaching me how to be a better person. Thank you for loving me as much as I love all of you.
Here’s to many, many more years of being a mother.