The challenge for day 6 of Mumvember was to tell a mum you care. I encounter so many mums on a day to day basis but at the end of the day there is no mum that admire more than my own.
In the 33+ years I've been lucky enough to have my mum there have, of course, been times when she has all but driven me around the bend. I'm sure my daughters will have moments when they feel that way about me too. However, there are so many things that I admire about her.
In truth the more years I am a parent myself, the more I grow to recognise and appreciate everything my mum has done for me over the years; and, everything that she does for me now.
As a single mum of two my mum started studying. She became a teacher, and beyond that a special education teacher. I truly admire her for doing that. I admire anyone who, pursues further education at a point in their life when circumstances make it anything but an easy option.
I have a friend, a single mum of two boys, who is on the brink of completing her first degree. Like my mum, I admire her, and am immensely proud of her, for this achievement. Part of me would love to go back to uni and learn something new, take a complete change in career but it scares me too much right now to truly pursue it.
I admire my mum's constant thirst for knowledge. I am pretty sure it is something that I have learnt from her.
I admire her confidence in social situations and ability to speak her mind. I also admire her open mindedness and desire to stand up for what she believes in.
I love that my mum adores her grandchildren. She wants what is best for them, and Steven and I. She has a good heart. Having a good heart is a quality that I admire greatly in anyone.
I am lucky to have had a mum who has always encouraged me to do my best and pursue my dreams, even when they aren't necessarily dreams that she 'gets'. Mum recognises that I am my own person and respects that I know myself well enough to make the right decisions for myself.
I admire her patience.
Despite any differences we may have or have had over the years I love my mum immensely. There truly is no other mum I could ever admire more.