Posted: 26 February 2016

Some mothers do ‘ave em!

As I reflect on my childhood it is peppered with memories of stupid actions, silly mistakes and harsh words. And they were all mine! 

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My mum was widowed young and left with three children under the age of 5. I look back now and realise just how awesome she was. Every Saturday I’d go to bed, around the same time as my brother and sister and, later on Mum would come and wake me, sneak me downstairs, wrap us both in blankets and, with a mug of hot chocolate each we’d watch Come Dancing. This was our secret. Our time. My chance to know I was safe, and secure and loved. Years later I discovered my brother and sister each had their own programmes too.

Mum’s love for us was unconditional. There were no strings. She had time for us. She might have got angry, or frustrated, or downright exhausted but we all knew she was always there for us. And yet, there were times when that simply was not enough.

Mum was taken ill when I was around 13 years old and from then we had to step up and look after each other, and her. The church became family. Our house-group played a significant role in my upbringing. When Mum was hospitalised it was they who rallied around and kept us together. Our church family became the blanket and hot chocolate that ensured we continued to feel safe, secure and loved.

All my stupid actions, silly mistakes and harsh words were met with love by my mum and church family. Their love made me who I am today.

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This Mothering Sunday perhaps think about how you, your church, your community can be the metaphorical blanket and hot chocolate for the children and young people in your community; perhaps you might consider giving to us this Lent to support our work to ensure all children and young people feel secure, safe and loved. Whatever you do, we give thanks for all who mother, and cherish, and care for us.

By Mo Baldwin - Church team
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