On Sunday, here in Australia, it was Mother’s Day. Now I know it’s not Mother’s Day in the UK, so I wondered, have Australia got it wrong?
Australia celebrates Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May each year along with over 70 other countries including the United States, China, India and Brazil.
The UK celebrates Mother’s Day on the fourth Sunday in lent, usually in March sometime, along with …… erm ……Ireland and Nigeria. So if it’s a numbers game, I reckon the Australian date just about pips it.
So anyway, it was Mother’s Day yesterday. Let’s rewind a couple of weeks. My daughter came home from school and needed to speak to me in secret. Could I give her two dollars for a secret project she was working on at school? I mustn’t say anything. I had to promise. Especially nothing to mummy.
Yesterday saw the fruits of that two dollar investment…..
- A heart shaped green jewellery box decorated beautifully with stars, shapes and sparklies.
- A laminated yellow hand, a real size print of Elizabeth’s hand as it is today. The words on the back said …………………
She also got a Mother’s Day Coupon Book which had six coupons in it and the instructions “These coupons may be used by mum at any time, love from Elizabeth” – the coupons offered….
- One free back and shoulder rub
- One free foot massage
- One happy, smiling child for a day
- One clean and tidy room of your choice
- One free “set the table” for breakfast lunch or dinner
- One times five minutes peace.
As well as……
- One hand-painted jigsaw, with a picture of mummy standing next to a big flower in the sunshine.
- One personally created Mother’s Day card with a brand new, never before seen picture of Elizabeth on the front.
- A small gift card which opens up to reveal a mobile phone dial pad, so that mummy can phone Elizabeth whenever she wants.
- Two more pictures, one of a rainbow and another of a colourful bird. All neatly wrapped in a green bundle.
This has been the first Mother’s Day with Elizabeth as a schoolgirl. This has also been the first Mother’s Day where I didn’t go out shopping with my daughter to choose a present for her mummy. This was the first Mother’s Day where everything was made by Elizabeth.
Mummy had a fantastic day, probably her best Mother’s Day yet. Why do you need to know all this? Because what I would like to acknowledge here is the fantastic job done by the school. They really did manage to get incredible value out of my small donation. It might just possibly be the best $2 I ever spent.
I know it’s early days yet, Elizabeth has only been going to school for not even 4 months. But she loves it, she has settled in and we have been very impressed with the way it’s gone so far. The school seems really lovely, and when you see how much effort they have put into making this Mother’s Day something really special, I think it shows they also genuinely care.
Anyway, must go, I want to go and check the diary to see when Father’s Day is.