This past week at work has been one of my most rewarding. I had the pleasure of meeting five incredible and inspiring mothers and the privilege of hearing their stories.
They were all nominated by their family and friends for our Mother’s Day Knock of Cash. We were able to give these amazing women, who have given so much to others, ten thousand dollars each as a little thank you for all that they do.
“Never once thinking about herself or complaining of her hardships.”
“She has the biggest heart and will do absolutely anything for absolutely everyone, with a huge smile on her face.”
“She has always been strong for her kids and never once had the ‘why me’ attitude.”
“She is a true nature mother and nurturer, she consistently puts others before herself.”
These were just some of the words used to describe these beautiful and special women. Selflessness seemed to be a recurring theme.
I kept thinking of my own wonderful Mum and I’ve written this piece to say thank you to her for everything she’s done for me.
Mum and I have always been as close as can be. Even when I was two years old I couldn’t bare the thought of ever being apart from her. Little me asked Mum the age old “where did I come from” question and Mum replied, “You were sent from heaven darling.” My tiny lips started to tremble and I burst into tears. “But I always wanted to be with you Mummy,” I cried.
With Mum in Perth and me in Sydney, we’re three thousand kilometres apart these days. But we talk on the phone every day, sometimes multiple times a day (sorry Mum!) and she is forever in my heart.
So here goes…
I don’t even know where to start because I don’t think words could adequately describe just how much I love you and how much you mean to me.
You truly are the most amazing Mum anyone could ever ask for.
The kindest, most generous, compassionate, caring and big hearted person I’ve ever met. The lengths that you will go to help the ones you love and even those that you barely know absolutely blows me away.
I want you to know how proud I am to be your daughter. You have one of the brightest medical minds and your work as a doctor has saved countless lives and helped so many.
Your words of wisdom and unwavering support and encouragement are second to none. Thank you for always believing in me and everyone you love. Ever since I was little, no dream has been too big. It feels as though anything is possible.
Thank you for always being there. At any time of day or night, anywhere in the world. Through sadness, sickness or disappointment you’re a constant pillar of strength. You make everything okay again.
Thank you for gently guiding the most painfully shy child out of her shell and helping me become the woman I am today. You taught me to be independent, strong and to back myself. But you also showed me that kindness matters above all else.
I love your randomness, quirkiness, jokes – good and bad – and your puns. I wonder where I get that part of my personality from? Who wants to be boring anyway!
Mum, I would not be the person I am or where I am today without you and the sacrifices that you’ve made. One day, when I have kids of my own I hope I can be even half the woman and mother you are.
To finish, I’m in awe of how you’ve become a surrogate mother to so many people we know. At a close friend’s recent wedding you were described as an angel walking this earth. So Mum, it’s not me but you who was sent from heaven.
I love you, Happy Mother’s Day.
Read more at http://honey.nine.com.au/2017/05/13/07/24/natalia-cooper-mothers-day#b4CSQIpMvJrtJyHj.99