With Mother's Day just around the corner, and gift ideas flooding my twitter feed I've been feeling a little stressed (as always) about just what to get my lovely mum this year. It got me thinking about how I can really show her just how important she is to me, and say that extra special thank you for everything she's done.
Anyone can be a mum, but can just anyone be a Mum in a Million? My mama (she totally hates it when I call her that!) is my best friend. We are like two peas in a pod - we almost always have the same opinions on things, similar tastes in music, fashion and we are both complete shopaholics!
Like most, my mum has always been there for me. When I was little she mended my scraped knees, kissed my cuts better and cuddled me when I was afraid. As I grew older and suffered with bullying at school she wiped my tears and was always there to reassure me that it would all get better soon.
When I got to high school she gave up so much for me to go to an amazing school and supported me every step of the way. When I didn't believe in myself, she believed in me and gave me the courage to stay positive and keep plodding along.
When I made it to the university of my dreams my mum had the strength to let me go, even though I was moving hundreds of miles away from home. She relentlessly stalked my Facebook during my first year (because I was horrendous at keeping in touch!) and when things weren't going so well, she was there at any hour of the day or night.
When I was making plans to move thousands of miles across the world after graduation, she smiled and offered her advice and love, enough though the thought of me being so far away must have been awful. When the plans all fell through she was immediately there to pick up the pieces.
When I moved out of home for the last time, she worried about whether I'd eat, or have enough money to survive, or whether I'd remember to lock the doors at night or forget that I have family to visit. She does all the worrying, so that I don't have to.
My mum is my best friend. We've had our fights, our ups, our downs. I've had my diva moments and driven her crazy and she's always right (though I hate to admit it). If it weren't for her I wouldn't be where I am today. I've been through so much over the years and she's been there through it all, right by my side and I couldn't be more thankful. I don't know what I'd do without her, or where I'd be today. Best of all, even though I'm a grown adult (sort of), I can still go home for a cuddle when I'm having a rubbish day and she'll make it all ok again.
I probably don't say this enough, so thank you mum, I love you!
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