My favourite Mothers’ Day present

Mothers’ Day was a beautiful autumn day in Sydney, filled with smiling children, sunshine and chocolate. Who could ask for more?

giftsWell, presents are nice too. Especially the ones made by our children (although shop bought stuff is good too!) When my daughter Connie was little, she used to make me dozens of presents. Cards, collages, strings of beads, craft figures. She would solemnly hand them over one by one. It would take at least half an hour. In the meantime, my son would be eating my chocolates. He shows his love in a different way!

Connie's storyAs my daughter grew older, the quantity diminished, but the quality skyrocketed. Her drawings grew more sophisticated. She started to write stories. Her abilities amazed me. Here’s a page out of one of her little hand-written illustrated novels.

Now she’s a teenager (and a very nice one!) she’s given me the best gift I’ve ever had. Better than anything I could have imagined or expected. I’m currently writing a series of children’s books based around Greek mythology. To celebrate, Connie drew a picture of the 12 Olympian gods. If I ever feel the sting of self-doubt when I write, I just need to look at this and feel revitalised 🙂

Connie's drawing

For all you Mums out there – hope you had a great day. What’s the nicest thing you’ve ever received?

6 comments

  1. What a lovely, thoughtful gift! Your daughter is also very talented. Her drawing skills are great. Like you, my best Mother’s Day gifts are always the drawings my kids made me when they were little. Now I treasure their cards. They are able to express complex feelings and their words move me to tears. They think I’m a much better mom than I think I am, which in a way is really nice but also make me feel even more responsible for them than I am. Happy Belated Mother’s Day to you, Stella.

    • I’m sure you’re a much better mother than you think. Being hard on ourselves comes with the territory. If we see our children happy and healthy, we know were doing something right! I hope you had a great day, too.

  2. Vasudha

    What a wonderful and thoughtful idea! The sketch is brilliant – such detail – I could tell exactly who’s who!
    Hope to see this in an ornate Grecian frame before long 🙂

    • Thanks Vasudha! It’s being framed at this moment. A plain black one I’m afraid. I’m not so much into the ornate style, but my Mum would have loved that!

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