A few days ago I wrote a blog post about my ideal mother’s day and it seemed to strike a chord with a lot of other mums. So I hope today you are enjoying a blissfully guilt free day of no responsibilities (ideally accompanied by your choice of a Netflix binge, wine, chocolate, baked goods, a meal not cooked by you, or if you’re really lucky all of the above).
But when you next find yourself knackered by the relentless demands of motherhood it may pay to remember Uncle Ben’s wise words to a young Spiderman*; “with great power comes great responsibility”.
Because motherhood is a powerful badge. It may not feel that way when you’re wearing a jumper that smells like spit up, or you’re cleaning someone else’s pee off the bathroom floor for the third time this week, but you ARE someone’s superhero. You’re someone’s inspiration. You're the preserver of memories and a wish-granting genie. You’re the safe harbour in a storm, and the warm embrace when everything is going wrong. You understand the difference between sympathising and fixing and you know which situation requires each approach. You have the power to heal a wound with just a kiss and you are an all-knowing oracle when things seem impossibly hard.
You won’t get it right every time. And you may lose your mind a whole lot more often that you’d like. You'll yell (and feel horrible for it later) and you'll drop the ball every so often. But you are so much more than a 3am feed, a school drop off, a supermarket run or the un-paid cleaning lady.
So this is my shout out to mums, especially the wonderful mothers I have had the privilege of photographing this past year. Well done you. You’re doing an awesome job.
And a final note to my own amazing mum. The indomitable Wendy James. A woman who raised three demanding daughters and only partly lost her mind in the process. We love you – thank you for everything. xx
*You can tell I have a pair of total comic book nerds in my life…