Sunday, 30 March 2014

A Happy, Reflective Mother's Day

I'm a proud mama to Frankie, my 2 year old miniature dachshund. Yes, he is a dog, but  he is also my bubba - he is completely reliant on me. His faith and trust in me, plus his devotion and cheer unconditional love is so special. Frankie has helped me grow. Knowing that another entity is relying on me for so many things has made me stronger, more determined. He has also allowed me to see that I have a purpose - to be his owner, his mother. Having struggled with low self-esteem and direction, Frankie has really helped to pull me through and continues to pull me through and enable me to love myself enough to keep well. His reliance on me and total trust in me is so very rewarding, and I am sure some of you fellow pet owners will agree, he is also like my child.
Mother's Day for me has been wonderful. I managed to take him for TWO walks!! I don't know how it happened, but he did it and I am feeling so proud of him. It's hard enough to convince him he's like to go for a walk once a week, let alone twice in one day. I don't blame him though...he only has little legs, so a good play and run around the back garden or the lounge can knacker him out brilliantly. 

But, this weekend we have been blessed with some beautiful sunshine and warmer climes, so this has no doubt been a big encouragement to his willingness to walk. He often only makes it to the end of the driveway before digging his claws into the ground and planting himself so firmly to the ground that I can't shift him. I bet he's just a trickster...he probably knows that I'm afraid to yank him on his harness too firmly as a dachshund's back is so delicate.


Mother's Day to me, is a multi-faceted day of feelings and emotions. For me, it is an act and sentiment of showing my love and appreciation for my mum. But it is also a day of rememberance and reflection. I am very lucky that I have a wonderful, selfless and brilliant mother; but not everybody does, so today can be a very emotional and difficult day of complexity, thoughts, and emotions very different to what I experience.
Mother's Day is a time to remember the mothers who are no longer with us; a time to also think about your friends and loved ones who have lost their mother's; a time to share your love and show you care.
Lastly, Mother's Day is also a very poignant time as I think about my brother who sadly passed away 15 years ago. I consider how my mum is feeling about the poignancy that this annual event may bring to her; to support her.


  1. So thoughtful Grace. Such insight and care for others as well as yourself. Much love epic friendling. xx

    1. Thank you P, my epic friendling :o) xx