Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Today is the day my mum has been waiting and hoping for....I'm going to dedicate an entire blog to her.
Actually the reason today is so exciting for my dear mother is that she is celebrating the big 5 - 0! Anyone who has met her will know that that's very hard to believe, but it's true. So I would like to take the opportunity to write about the wonder that is my mum.

When people meet my mum for the first time, I think the main thing they are hit by is the sheer energy she brings with her. Apparently I'm quite like my mum, but I'd say you need to times everything by 200 - volume, passion, chattiness etc - and you're coming somewhere close. Meeting my mum for the first time can leave you feeling a little like you've been hit by a tornado, but there's no doubt that her enthusiastic and warm personality is completely infectious. She wrote in my blog once and her post received the highest number of comments my blog has ever recieved.


My mum is a huge inspiration to me. She is one of the strongest people I know, but unashamedly wears her heart on her sleeve. She taught me that being brave isn't about keeping a stiff upper lip; sometimes it's about weeping copiously about the sad times and then picking yourself up and moving forwards. She taught me that family and friends are pillars of strength that can give even the blackest situation some colour again.

As a child, my mum taught me that politeness, manners, and good behaviour are not an optional extra. Her capacity to love and care for my sisters and I in equal and abundant measure, especially throughout the turbulent health years, is exceptional. She's been there for me every single step of the way, physically and mentally, and has fought my corner fiercely when I've not had the energy to fight it myself.


My mum has shown me that if you want something, you should go after it. Nothing is unachievable with hard work, and you're never too old to start something new. My mum has had several different careers, and not so many years ago, she decided she wanted to be a teacher; she is now a headmistress and has just completed her MA.

My mum taught me that my CF doesn't mean I'm more unlucky than others or that I am allowed to wallow in self-pity, but that everyone has their own burden to bear, and you just have to get on with it. People say I'm great at making the most of life, but it's because of her that I'm able to do so.

I have learnt from my mum that you have to lead by example; if you believe in something, then you need to be the one to set about doing it. Don't wait for the world to change, go out and change the world. That even if some people don't believe it can be done, you can be the one to try and achieve it.


My mum has shown me how to seek joy in life; how to look for the positive, find the funny side, and enjoy the moment. She's shown me that a rich and fulfilled life isn't handed to you on a plate, but instead you have to grab it with both hands and make the most of it. I am biased, but I believe that she is truly one in a million, and I couldn't be luckier to have such a wonderful loving role model in my life.

Happy 50th Birthday Mummy, thank you for being you xxxxxxx

18 comments:

Kelly said...

What a beautiful post. :-)

Happy birthday Emily's mum!

Kat said...

Happy birthday Mummy Thackray! :) x

Jac said...

Happy Birthday!!

Yeah, when I met your mum last year she had just had the paint disaster of putting a pot of paint from b+q in her new handbag (from you I believe) and it leaking everywhere...classic. She is so full of energy and fun - you do realise you will get more and more like her as you get older?!

xxx

Anonymous said...

How I remember that energy and love for life that came through in Kindermusic!!! My school resounded on a Friday afternoon. The enthusiasm was not only for the chldren and their music but also for the butterscotch tart!!! Happy birthday my friend!!!!

Ros Evans said...

That is a lovely post! Your mum sounds amazing! Happy Birthday to you Mummy Thackray:-)

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday, Mrs T !!

50 sounds very young to me - seeing as I'm only 10 tears younger :-S

Audrey xx

ps Em - Am no longer on FB - need to talk to you soon about my role so will catch you on line !

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Emily's Mum. Know she a fantastic giving and loving person as she sent you into this wonderful world brimming with passion.

This week I broke the last present JC bought me for mother's day -a beautiful vase. He was so angry at me that weekend (as only children can be at interferring mothers) as I made him come home to stay as there was no friends or sister near him and he'd be on his own on 24/7 oxygen. He resented me sooo much...but still loved me - I always knew that. I cried and was very angry at myself (his revenge). But found a replacement the same as the one he chose. And felt him forgive me.

Celebrate big style with your mum and raise a glass to her from all of us who to whom you and your postings have touched and comforted.

Linda-Jane

Anonymous said...

A very happy birthday to your mum. She'll be so pleased to read your post and so very very proud of you and who you are, and how rightly she should be.

diane T said...

I have to admit to shedding copious tears on reading this (I bet she did too !)....it is so well written and shows what a wondeful relationship you have with Anne..she is very proud of you all and rightly so!! Well done ! xxx

Little Harriet said...

What a lovely post to read. Happy birthday to your amazing mum.
x

Lisa Murphy said...

Dear Emily,

It's lovely to hear how well you are doing and I certainly that your good health continues. I have been asked on behalf of the department to congratulate you on your recent award. This was the only way I could find to contact you so I do hope you don't mind me leaving a message hear.

It would be lovely to receive an update from you every now and then when (and if) you have a spare moment. I am still at the department so you could reach me on lisa.murphy@bristol.ac.uk. Congratulations once again and take care. lots of love Lisa M xx

moosechop said...

Happy birthday Emilys mum!

You sound awesome! Hope you have a fab birthday xxx

moosechop said...

.... hmmmm march and now its May! Still it's the thoguht that counts!

Anonymous said...

Have only just read this so apologies for delay - Your mum is one of those special people and I think she is wonderfull - I loved her personality and presence from the first lesson she taught to Millie in your front room. She is a brilliant teacher, funny and very kind. I remember when you came home having passed your driving test and she had to stop her class and come and give you a big hug. I had no idea that you had CF then and in fact it was some time later that I learned that. There are only a hand full of people that have been inspirational in my life and your mum is one of them. Wish I could see more of her.
Mums are great - cherish them
Lindy xxxxx

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ชื่อที่แสดง said...

What a beautiful post. :-)


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