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1 June, 2023

Every day is Mother’s Day; for the Gil region’s mums!

Mother’s Day celebrates all the great mums who made us; who we are.

By Emily Middleton

It celebrates the ones who bore us, raised us, and who cared for us and, even the ones, who got us out of trouble! It’s probably the one day of the year, that mothers get to take a breath, and the one day when there’s an excuse to teach the kids how to make the perfect cup of tea.

But the day also honours angel mums, bereaved mums, and mums who are no longer with us. I’m lucky enough to still have my mum, I wouldn’t know what to do without her. Mums of Gilgandra keep our little town running, and make sure our little ones — and big ones — are growing- up to be the best people they can be. And Mother’s Day is the day to recognise their hard work. Because it is hard work (well, so I’m told, as I don’t have kids myself…)

Mum of four, Shiree Ryan, told The Gilgandra Weekly, that being a mum is the toughest thing anyone can ever do.

“Being a new mum is the hardest job in the world,” she said. And no matter how far along you get, we are all still just winging it,” she added.

For Shiree, her favourite part about Mother’s Day is seeing the way her children’s minds tick when it comes to picking her out a present.

“At school they do a Mother’s Day store, and the kids get to choose gifts,” she explained.

“And that’s my favourite thing — to see what they have chosen, and they always tell me why they’ve chosen it. And I love that, I think it’s beautiful,” she said.

Mum of two, Claire Harvey, shares this sentiment.

“My favourite part about Mother’s Day, is just spending time with the kids, and enjoying their handmade presents or hand-picked crazy gifts they get from the Mother’s Day stall,” she said.

“That really makes me smile,” she added.

For new mums, Claire wants to remind them to enjoy the now, and not worry about the other insignificant things like washing or dishes.

“Enjoy the time in the moment with the kids, while they’re young,” she said.

For mums with older kids, Mother’s Day is all about bringing the family together. Mum of two 20-somethings, Jenny Bradley, looks forward to having her kids back together every year.

“Just getting everyone home and getting everyone together,” she said.

“At this age they’re everywhere so, its special when they’re back.”

Jenny says that, being a mum, is the most rewarding achievement in your life.

“It’s the best thing I’ve ever done, so I want people to remember to enjoy them, because they grow-up too quick,” she said.

As all mums know, being a mum is a full-time job. For mum of three, Jules Marchant, Mother’s Day is the same as every other day.

“I don’t think it feels any different,” she explained. “You’re lucky enough to be a mum all-year round,” she said.

So, to all mothers, in whatever form that may be, Happy Mother’s Day! We hope you had a wonderful weekend. And remember, mother always knows best...

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