A Tribute to Our Mums on Mother’s Day
What do you say to your Mum on Mother’s Day that even comes close to everything she has done from you? Saying “Happy Mother’s Day” just doesn’t seem like enough. A simple “thank you” can’t encompass all that we are truly grateful for. Not only did Mum raise you to be the amazing, strong woman that you are, there was also the ballet costumes she used to sew for you. The school uniforms she would be forever altering. Picking you up every time you felt like your life was falling apart. And that’s just to name a few, we could go on forever.
Meet the Mums behind the Janes
On Mother’s Day, we tend to focus on all that our Mums have done for their children. But let’s face it, we’re only part of their lives (a large part we know) so today we want to celebrate all the other facets of our Mums that make them absolutely amazing.
Introducing Robyn, Caity’s Mum
My Mum is the woman I aspire to be. There’s no other way to put it. When I get stuck and there’s something I can’t do, I think of my Mum. I say to myself “Mum would be able to figure this out, and so can I”. My Mum is Wonder Woman.
Robyn has been working as a Pharmacist since 1984. She is never satisfied with where she’s at or how much she knows, she’s always striving for more. Taking on more qualifications, striving for more challenging positions at work and mentoring the future health care professionals of Australia. Not only does she look after people’s health as her career, but she also does it in her personal life. My Mum looks after everyone in our family and not just immediate family. She monitors my grandparents’ medication and always makes sure they’re healthy and safe. When one of my cousins has a question about her child’s health, my Mum is there to offer advice.
This is just “Pharmacist Robyn”; “Home Robyn” is just as impressive. She runs the household, and nothing gets by her. If my sister or I need help with something she’s the first person we call. She knows and can do just about everything. If she doesn’t? She will research the hell out of it until we have a solution. My Mum is the woman I want to be when I grow up, and I strive to be as much like her as possible.
Caity: Mum, besides your two amazing daughters, what is an achievement in your life that you’re most proud of?
Robyn: In 2017 I was elected as SA/NT Branch President of the Pharmaceutical Society – a position I never thought I would achieve as a young pharmacist starting out in the profession. It is an opportunity for me to support the next generation of pharmacists, something I am extremely passionate about.
Caity: What is the best piece of advice that you’ve ever been given?
Robyn: As a Mother, follow your own instinct and only listen to the advice of a trusted few.
Caity: What’s the best thing about being a Mother?
Robyn: My wonderful relationship with my daughters. They keep me young and informed.
Introducing Jan, Emily’s Mum
It goes without saying that being a Mum is one of the toughest, but most rewarding jobs out there. Sometimes it’s not until we experience motherhood ourselves, that we realise all the hard work, dedication and sacrifices that our own Mothers have put in.
Saying that, I have never met someone with as much vibrancy, style and zest for life as my Mum. She is the reason that I fell in love with fashion and (of course) is always my favourite shopping buddy and my best friend. Jan never sits still and is always the first one there when a friend or family member is in need or when we need to celebrate an occasion over a bottle of champagne.
My Mum never seems to stop working. But she always makes time for me and calls me at least once (or twice) a day, just to check in and just see how my day is going. I have a very hectic schedule with work, travel and family life, but Mum is always there to help out. She will drop absolutely everything to be there with her family, especially her favourite little person – her grandson Indy.
She’s a truly incredible woman, my best friend, and one of the most important people in my life. Mum, thank you for being the first person who ever loved me and for being the first person I ever loved. I love you more than you know.
Emily: What is the moment in your life that you’re most proud of?
Jan: There are many moments in my life that I am proud of, but the one that stands out the most to me was when I saw my daughter (Emily) on her wedding day, walking out in her wedding dress for the first time. To know that I have helped raise a young girl, who has now become a smart, successful and beautiful woman, is truly a very special moment, that I’m sure a lot of Mothers can attest to.
Emily: What is the best piece of advice that you’ve ever been given?
Jan: Always be honest and treat everyone with the truth and respect that you would want to be treated with.
Emily: What’s the best thing about being a Mother?
Jan: There are so many great things about being a Mother. However, I’ve found the best thing is doing it all over again when you have grandchildren. There is something about the love and cuddles grandchildren give you that can melt your heart to the core.
Yes, Mother’s Day is one special day, but let’s not forget to celebrate our Mothers every single day.
What is it about your own Mother that inspires you? Let us know in the comments below or share with The Jane Community over on the Ask My Friend Jane Facebook Group.