With Mothers Day almost here, retailers have been reminding us since valentines day and its hard not to think about Mum even more than usual. It’s such a bittersweet time of year, as of course Sophie loves spoiling me, but I can’t help but miss my Mum more than ever. I always feel a twinge of sadness when I think of her and I always will, but I have noticed a definite shift in the way I think about her lately.
Its funny the things that remind me of her, so I decided to share some of those memories with you all. These are so precious to me, memories, that even today with everyone owning a smart phone, could never be captured on camera. Moments between us, that no one else would understand.
Money was really tight for us when I was a kid, and there was a Kwik Save supermarket just round the corner from us. Mum shopped almost daily to get the best deals and make the money go further. Finding a good ‘whoops’ was a big deal for us. We’d always laugh about it – one of the most special things about Mum was making the best of even the worst situations.
Pom Bear crisps
One of our favourites! We’d always get really excited when they were on offer – it’s very hard to explain the amusement we got from a bag of kids crisps. Luckily, Sophie seems to love them just as much as I do, so it’s not something I’ll be forgetting in a hurry!
5 counties cheese and warm fresh bread
Each Saturday my Grandma would get the bus over from where she lived and we’d all go shopping together – it was a Saturday tradition that we would get some 5 counties cheese and if we were lucky some still warm fresh bread and have it for lunch. I can’t resist fresh bread now, it’s a real taste of childhood!
Driving home with 5 lambs in the car
I have no idea why we did this, or who thought it was acceptable to put 5 lambs in the back of a Volvo estate car, but that’s what we did one day. We raised them and sold them to the butcher – I’ve never eaten lamb since, I used to take them for walks on a lead.
As I said before, money was tight, but Mum did like a drink some evenings. She worked hard that sometimes she just needed it – god I know that feeling some days. As I got older I remember sitting drinking Lambrini with Mum, laughing until we cried. Talking about people we knew, things we had done, who was doing what, and generally having a good gossip. We generally shared opinions of people and the world in general.
What I’d give for just one more glass of Lambrini with her, to tell her all the things that have happened over the last few years. To laugh till we cried and to put the world to rights as only we could. I wonder what she would make of all the changes in the world since she passed away. Despite the arguments, we were so close. We shared a bond that to the outside world didn’t seem as if it existed. But for us it was the strongest thing ever – and time nor distance nor death will ever change that.
Happy Mothers Day Mum, I love you now and always xxx