When most of us think about the month of May, we think about Mothers Day. For some, Mothers Day brings up issues of stress over gifts to buy, lunches and visits to organise. For me its a chance to reflect on the impact my mum has had on me. As a male it is easy to think about the washing and ironing done, the meals cooked and the taxi driving to sport etc.
But as I get older (and wiser) I realise the true impact (or influence) she had on my life was the unnoticed or immeasurable activities. Things like the security that comes from knowing mum was always there, the encouraging words, putting on band aids on all childhood bruises and scrapes. Many of these things I took for granted at the time but with the gift of hindsight I realise these are the things that influenced me into being the man I am today.
They shaped the values that now I as a dad are instilling into my kids. So the influence my mum had on me now becomes the legacy that gets passed onto the next generation and beyond. That is a brilliant gift to pass down and enough of a reason to say thanks to my mum this Mothers Day.
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