I hope all you Mums out there had a wonderful Mothering Sunday spent with your children if possible and, if not, had a chat on the phone. This is quite a well known painting entitled 'First Born' by Fred W Elwell and I just love it.
I spent most of the day with our 22 year old daughter, Rosie who has left the nest and now has her own flat in Southampton. Tom who is 17 and still lives at home honoured me with his company for the brief space of time it took him to eat the meal I had prepared, have a bath and a change of clothes then out to socialise again!
When Rosie was born my Mother gave me a poetry book entitled 'A Celebration of Babies'. These two poems are my favourites and I dedicate them to my two children:-
To My Daughter
by Stephen Spender
Bright clasp of her whole hand round my finger,
My daughter, as we walk together now.
All my life I'll feel a ring invisibly
Circle this bone with shining: when she is grown
Far from today as her eyes are far already.
The Merchant's Wife
by Alun Lewis
My son would not have been born,
To fetch lotus for my bosom,
To gladden my heart and my house,
Had I not smiled upon his father,
I count it a blessing that my son was born, and
That wisdom is in smiling.