Why Mother’s Day means so much to me

Why Mother’s Day means so much to me

Carol Vorderman on celebrating Mother’s Day as a single “menopausal Mumma” (and 56-year-old daughter)

Carol Vorderman on celebrating Mother’s Day as a single “menopausal Mumma” (and 56-year-old daughter)

By now, I think you all know how much I love my kids and how much I love my mum, Jean.

She and I have always lived together, or I’ve bought her a flat or house round the corner as we’ve moved a fair bit around the country. We come as a team of four: me, Katie, Cameron and mum. The love I feel for them is incomparable to anything else, but the type of love I have for each of them differs from one to the other. I get to love them all in their own way.

Sometimes we are told that all love has to be all embracing, but I don’t think that’s true. That can provide too much of a pressure on the person receiving that love. I’m more of a “if you love someone, set them free” type of person. Then the laughter and the love are sent back freely and with utter joy. That’s how we roll in our house.

Mother’s Day is a special day. Celebrating being a single parent (jeez that’s not easy) to Katie and Cameron and being daughter to my mum is a lovely thing. We have a pretty relaxed day and I get spoiled to the moon and back. Tea in bed to start with, and Cam always buys me something beautiful – not expensive but just special.

Once he bought me a little “diamond” necklace from Argos and – there’s a bit of name-dropping coming up so be warned! – I was going to Buckingham Palace a couple of months later for a private lunch with the Queen and about 12 other people. Prince Philip was on fine form and said, “What a beautiful necklace,” and I said, “Yes, my son bought it for me for Mother’s Day Sir, it’s from Argos.” He seemed to know the name!

We tend not to even leave a room without saying “love you”, so we say it all the time, but Mother’s Day is another, more poignant, chance to say it too. As I’ve got older (now 56), I have tended to look back over the year that’s just passed and see what we’ve done and also to congratulate the kids on how they’ve overcome things.

I honestly think we get stronger by the year. I often think back to when my babies were really babies and what our lives were like back then. I think about the journey we have been on and how on earth we have got to the place we are today! It’s a happy place, that’s for sure.

I’m so glad to be my age, living with my mum and being a good mum to my kids (the proof is in the pudding and they are genuinely nice young people). I couldn’t have asked for anything more and can’t wait to celebrate Mother’s Day this year.

So here’s to all the mothers and daughters out there – we are doing a great job! I’d love to hear how you and your family celebrate and what Mother’s Day means to you. Let me know in the comments section below.

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OnlyMe1 22/05/2017

I raised two gorgeous girls as a single Mum with the help pf wonderful parents, like you, they helped me a lot, but they are both now gone (I'm only a year older than you Carol) and I miss them every day. I am so proud of my girls, both have horrible health problems (autoimmune) but they never stop being thoughtful and Mother's Day is always memorable in many ways. I'm a grandma (Grammy) to a wonderful 7 year old boy now too, just as thoughtful and caring. It's how we raise them, too many don't.

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20/03/2017

Well done carol for looking after your family and of course your mum . To many times we are so busy and family gets juggled you've all done well sticking together and when you look back it should be with pride how you've all helped each other well done!

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