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Mother of the Year in her Domain

This morning it was announced on the news, the 2012 Mother of the Year.  It seems to me a nearly impossible choice to say who is Mother of the Year.  Is it the woman who has overcome the most adversity to raise her children?  Is it the woman who has raised the next President or Prime Minister?  Is it the woman who sets a fantastic role model for her children?  Is it the woman who bakes the best scones or chocolate chip cookies, or the one who attends every school meeting and sporting event?  And how does anyone decide to what degree those women have been successful?  I have not done most of those. I guess the jury is still out on one or two… if my baking keeps improving!!

Mother’s Day and Thanksgiving are my two favourite holidays.  Both are days of saying ‘thank you’ and both times I get to say ‘thanks’ for all my blessings, mother to a wonderful daughter being one, and daughter of a wonderful mother being another!  When Allison was less than a year old someone told me that having a child is like ‘putting arms and legs on your heart and watching it walk away.’  It is a bit like that at times, and yet…

here is the deepest secret nobody knows

(here is the root of the root, the bud of the bud

and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which

grows higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)

and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

ee cummings

At our house I am Mother of the Year.  Why?  Because I say so!  I have loved being a Mother and have always done my very best, just as my Mother did.  To all my friends who are mothers and to those who have loved their own mothers, being Mother of the Year is how you feel in your own heart, what you carry there. X