Mum’s the word
Mothering Sunday is almost upon us – the one day in the year when Britain shows its appreciation to mums as well as other maternal figures such as grandmothers, stepmothers and mothers-in-law. So what is it that makes mums so special? 44’s latest addition to the team, Susie Thomas, finds out!
So where did Mother’s Day come from?
Mother’s Day is celebrated all over the world at different times of the year, but it hasn’t always been about gifts, cards and outpourings of love and appreciation.
It’s believed that Mothering Sunday started in America in 1907 when a woman called Anna Jarvis held a small memorial service for her own mother. Soon most places in America were observing the day and, in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson made the second Sunday in May a public holiday. It then spread to Europe in the aftermath of the First World War, at a time when many women had lost their sons or husbands, leaving them to raise their children alone. Today it is more commonly known as Mother’s Day.
We spoke to members of the 44 team to find out what makes mums so special.
“What makes my mum great is her ability to balance so many different things, despite doing so much for other people. She retired from teaching five years ago but you wouldn’t know it – as well as looking after all of us, she’s on a board of trustees for a music charity for people with learning disabilities, she leads an arts and recreation society and always helps with anything I need!”
“My grandmother taught me to play the piano when I was four. I had a major tantrum and was a bit resentful at the time but now I’m really glad that she did! She was really focused on education and even taught me French – which must have taken an awful lot of patience!”
“My mum (pictured right) was brought up in rural Ireland during the 1930s. She was top of her class but left school at 14 to work on the family farm. Education was her thing. Dad would come home from digging up roads for a living and mum would park one of us on his knee so he could read to us. She told us that we could do what we wanted in life so long as we got an education. She instilled this in me and it’s one of the main reasons I’m here today at 44.”
“My mum is the only person in the world who knows how to deal with me. She knows how to calm me down. When I need to get over something she’ll tell me to pull myself together but she’s also always there to listen to me when I just need to rant! I’ve started going on holiday with my mum and my aunties, so the best thing about her is that she’s not just my mum, she’s my friend.”
“My mum is great because of the love and support she gives and she’s always there for me. Her passions for reading and writing have been my biggest inspiration and have got me to where I am today. Also, being outnumbered three to one as the only female in the house means she deserves an award for putting up with the constant sport on the telly! Thanks mum!”
“My mum is great because she’s so supportive, caring and always up for a laugh. When I moved away from home, we still kept our close bond and I know she’s always on the end of the phone.”
“One of my favourite things is to snuggle on the sofa for a movie night (pictured in the banner above). This will usually involve an argument about what film we’re going to watch and my husband getting slightly irritated at all the popcorn wedged down the side of sofa, but that’s part of having kids – it’s not all perfect and life’s always a bit messy. But you know you wouldn’t change it for anything.”
“The thing I love the most about being a mum is the funny things my son Freddie says! He was with his childminder recently and said, ‘Dad and Mum, I love them. They tidy up my toys, go to the pub and have mashed potato and sausage.'”
“I’m originally from Sussex so I don’t see my parents much but when I do go home I get completely pampered! Mum always makes sure there’s plenty of food around and I don’t really have to clear up after myself. It’s nice to feel like a child again – thanks mum!”