It would be very remiss of me to let today pass without wishing all wonderful mothers, mine included, a very happy Mother's Day.
As someone who was fortunate enough to spend plenty of my childhood with my mother and my two grandmothers, I can say without hesitation that these three amazing women shaped who I am today.
Sadly neither of my grandmothers are with us any longer, but they are never far from my mind, nor my heart. Just in case I revert to my usual scatterbrained ways, I wear one of my grandmother's ring every day - I don't feel complete without it.
My mother lives only a few hours plane trip away, but she's currently enjoying a well earned relaxing holiday on a tropical island, away from pesky forms of technology like mobile phones. Today doesn't feel complete without at least a phone call, but for now an email will have to suffice.
I take comfort in the knowledge that I'll see her in a few short weeks time, but I still haven't quite come to terms with the reason for her visit...my sister will soon be a mother herself. I'm only looking on from the sidelines and I'm already petrified. I definitely don't think I'm cut out to be a mother myself, but I hope I can at least be a supportive sister and a fantastic aunt for all the challenges that lay ahead.
Be sure to tell and show the amazing women around you how much they mean to you...not just today, but every day.
[Images by Shana Rae via Secrets of a Butterfly]