3 Mar 2015

Why I'm Thankful For My Mum

A recent email from Joe Blogs Network revealed an excellent and very exciting blogger competition. Write a post about why you're thankful for your mum, and get the chance to win a short trip to Bruges with Great Rail. Today is actually my mum's birthday, so it's even more appropriate!

In her twenties, living in London
Here's why I am thankful for my mum...

I am thankful for my mum because I know she'll always tell me what I need to hear (rather than what I want to hear).

She has taught me how to cook, how to keep my home clean, how to change a light bulb and generally how to function as human being! She encourages me to be independent, but her door is always open.

I am thankful for my mum because I can always rely on her for a good belly laugh. Even if we have nothing to occupy us, she can have me doubled over in fits of laughter. Even if we've had the worst day imaginable, if loads of things have gone wrong, or a string of really embarrassing events have taken place, she can still make me crease into giggles with one look.

Even if a whole pan of eggs have accidentally been left boiling in the kitchen and have exploded everywhere, she will take this as an opportunity to roll out as many egg puns as humanly possible (this really happened, and I really regret not writing them down, we thought up some real crackers!).

I am thankful for my mum because she shows me how to enjoy the simple things. Whenever I visit home she gives me a hearty home cooked meal, we will often share a glass of prosecco and watch a film together, or go for a walk. I cherish this time at home with her, it feels good!

I am thankful for my mum because she doesn't care what people think, and she will happily talk to anyone. This is a trait I am proud to have picked up from her, she's a friendly lady!

I am thankful for my mum because she LOVES languages. She has great respect for words, dialect and speech, making them into an art form. She speaks fluent French, a bit of Spanish and a bit of German. She always corrects errors in my blog posts - thanks mum!

Me and mum in Paris
I am thankful for my mum because she values health and fitness. She and my dad helped me a lot a few years ago when I trained to do a half marathon. She always incorporates nutrition into her cooking - even when she's baking cakes - and I am so grateful to her for getting me into exercise in my early twenties. I'm pretty certain I'd feel a lot more lethargic and unfit these days if I hadn't started running when I did.

I am thankful for my mum because she believes in family, community and love. She always thinks of other people before thinking of herself, and I love bringing friends home to meet her because I know they'll enjoy spending time with her.

I am thankful for my mum because she has so many stories and friends. She has so many interesting things from her past to share with me, and her sociable nature means that I now get to meet people form her past. She's lived in France, London and has some real characters in her friendship circles.

Her childhood best friend now lives in Canberra, Australia, and while I was out there I went over to stay with her a couple of times - having never met her previously. It was a strange and lovely experience - I'd heard so much about her from mum that I sort of knew her already!

I am thankful for my mum because although she is proud of my achievements, she reminds me that I don't need to prove myself to anyone, and if I decide not to do something or to change the path I'm on, that's okay. I am enough just as I am.

I am thankful for my mum because she makes me happy, I feel incredibly blessed to have her in my life.

Happy birthday & happy mothers' day mum, love you!

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