I could go down the road of saying that my Dream Mother’s Day would be spending it with my lovely family but that would be somewhat of a lie. Yes, my family are lovely but my Dream Mother’s Day would be on my own, on the Orkney Islands of Scotland. I went there once with my mother on a holiday and I have thought about that place ever since. Seals swimming about, otters visiting and all part of my heritage. I would love to get a small, stylishly decorated holiday house, overlooking the ocean and just read and play my Nintentdo DS in the serenity. Now, if you are asking me about my Fantasy Mother’s Day, well, that would be several male cast members from Game of Thrones fighting for my love – I love you Kit Harington and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau!!!!
A favorite way my family has shown me their love is there willingness to support me in no matter what I want do to. Education, career, app creation—they have stood beside me 100% with no judgments. One of the most meaningful ways my husband and mother have supported me in the last couple of months is to actively find solutions to help me cut back. I have my fingers in way too many pies and am drowning in my own stress. I am so grateful for the practical ways they have shown me their support and love.
The song that most reflects how I feel as a mum is the OK GO! song, “This Too Shall Pass”. I have had some really challenging times as a mum but also many extraordinary rewarding times too. This song has taught me that the bad times do pass and I cannot keep carrying stress around like a dead weight (even though I do have a tendency to do that at times!!).
You know you can’t keep lettin’ it get you down
And you can’t keep draggin’ that dead weight around.
If there ain’t all that much to lug around,
Better run like hell when you hit the ground.
When the morning comes.
When the morning comes.
Let it go, this too shall pass.
(You know you can’t keep lettin’ it get you down.
No, you can’t keep lettin’ it get you down.)
**Brooke Twine is the mum to a 7 year old who has Autism and a high school teacher, this equals busy, BUSY, BUSY!! Since his diagnosis at 2 and 4 months, they have been finding their voices together to ensure a positive, bright and beautiful future. WEBSITE | FACEBOOK
**A Mother’s Day is a collaboration between Jodi Murphy and Jessica Wade with contributions by the marvelous Mighty League Moms. Jodi is the founder of Geek Club Books, autism storytellers through mobile apps for the social good. Jessica is a married mother of four ‘genius’ children. She is a full-time working mama and runs a website and blog dedicated to her son, Micah, who is non-verbal with autism and congenital hypothyroidism. She is also Founder of MicahBoyGenius Foundation, a non-profit created to provide iPads to non-verbal children.
**Original photograph by Deborah Carruthers