Sunday, 14 March 2010
Today was Mother's Day, that invented day where card companies, florists and chocolate manufacturers make a fortune out of this guilt-inducing fabricated proof-of-love event!
Nevertheless, I can't speak for my Mum, and what mother's day means to her, so I am not going to be the one who raises two fingers to the day simply because of my own thoughts and principles, so I hand-made my card for her, as I always do, and thought very carefully about the words I wrote within. My wife Carol actually thought up the gift idea which was lovely, but the most important part of the day for me, is getting to see my mum, to give her that huge hug, to see the love in her expression when she reads my words, and to simply enjoy the warmth of our unique bond - there will only ever be one Diana Davies / Glyn Davies relationship like ours, and that makes us as unique as the stars in the universe.
Whenever I see my mum, I just see mum, she never really ages in my mind, but then nor do I, until I see the photographs :-) I wanted to take at least one picture today, on our beach walk on Anglesey, which typified her expression and endless warmth. I shot quite a few pictures as she did her best to hide her self-consciousness, but by the end of the walk she had relaxed so much about being photographed that I acquired this one frame which I really love of her.
Without this wonderful woman and her deep love for my Dad, I would never exist. The fact that I can ponder about life whilst sitting on a snowy mountain top, lying on a beach at night looking at the universe, swimming naked in warm oceans or simply revelling in the phenomenal beauty the earth has to offer, is the most important thing I can thank my Mum (and Dad) for. They gave me the ultimate gift, that of life, and no matter what else they have done in so many other ways for me, emotional and financial support, education about art, life, love, health, ethics, philosophy even politics, the overriding thanks has to be for my life itself, the result of love which now flows through my veins too.
Without my Mum I would not be here or who I am. Without the wonderful skills and unconditional love she has shown me since birth, I would not have achieved what I have. I honestly believe that this is why life is eternal, and that our parents will always be with us even after their bodies give way, as a small part of their spirit and soul lives on within us, already created partly in their image anyway, and that we pass it on to our children.
Now for some, that may be a horrible realisation! but for me at least, it is the most reassuring thing I can take with me on my own journey.
Mum, I will love you forever and ever and can't thank you enough for this gift of life and for just being who you are
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