As we gear up for the biggest day (read: week) of our calendar year, we want to take this opportunity to wish a Happy Mother’s day to all our beautiful mothers, to the new mummies out there finding their feet, mummies-to-be, godmothers, grandmothers and those fabulous people who fill the role of mother for those who do not have them.
Mother’s Day is quite simply a day in which we celebrate the matriarch of the family, as well as the idea of motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. Anna Jarvis began to campaign to have Mother’s Day recognised as a holiday in the United States in 1905, the year her beloved mother passed away and in 1908, she held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. Wikipedia says ‘Anna Jarvis wanted to honor her mother by continuing the work she started and to set aside a day to honor all mothers, because she believed that they were “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world.”‘
When you are a florist, unfortunately those around you have to compromise to an extent on these big days; important days in everyone else’s calendar that don’t manage to get the same acknowledgement simply because we do not have the time or energy to see anyone when it is all said and done.
Florists rarely celebrate Valentine’s day, and quite often take a cynical view on the day of lurve…..no doubt largely due to the fact that when you are working that hard, if the day passes with little or no acknowledgement from your special someone, it can feel like an almighty punch in the proverbial face!
Similarly, each Mother’s Day, I kind of get this unshakeable feeling of guilt because I know I am not going to be able to make the day as special as I would like. I have a truly awesome mother, who I love and adore beyond words. I know that she already knows this. But every Mother’s Day, the poor love isn’t taken out to breakfast, lunch or dinner by me (or my rather hopeless younger brother) and rarely does she see me in the lead up or in the days following the Mother’s Day either. Despite knowing after 16 years of me being in this industry that it is all just part of the job, every year I feel like she misses out somehow. Let’s face it, Mum misses out again
I take comfort in the fact that she is lucky enough to spend the day with her own mother who turns 90 this year, a pretty amazing woman in her own right, living alone at home, independant and self sufficient. And most of the time mum’s sister will also get together with them as her own children all live interstate. I guess beyond everything, these three women make the day special by being together.
My own two girls are incredibly blessed to not only have a mother, but also an aunt, grandmother, great aunt and great grandmother; all alive and with all their faculties, healthy and active and involved in their lives and their upbringing. So many of life’s important lessons have come from these strong, interesting, inspiring and loving women, not simply from me. Hell, I probably can’t credit for a lot of it!
I can’t wait for a time where I get to lie in bed and have my gorgeous family bring me breakfast, or jump into beds for long cuddles, rather than try to catch me on my way to or from the shower rushing to get ready. I suppose once those days come, I will feel restless and unsure of what to do with myself after the ritual of so many years spent on the tools for these big days.
Mother’s Day can also be an incredibly sad and sensitive time for those who have not been able to have children despite having all the hope and love in their heart, for those who have lost children and for those who have lost their mums. Be sensitive to those around you as you celebrate- you never really know what people are dealing with.
If there is someone special who might need some extra love sent their way this weekend, it is not too late to order. Our fantastic team can help you create something totally unique if you wish to call them on 02 9871 1666. Alternatively you can easily order online from our gorgeous Mother’s Day range here.