Hi Ruth! Tell us about your first memory of Mother’s Day?
I remember I used to go out to the garden and pick flowers (usually daisies actually!) and put them in a tiny vase. Breakfast in bed always felt like the biggest gift, like they did in the movies, so I’d make a little tray up and try and make marmalade on toast look as snazzy as possible with my older brothers & sister.
What do you usually gift your Mum for Mother’s Day?
Yellow freesia’s, every year. I remember my Dad telling me they were her favourite flower and this has stuck. Probably because my Dad told me this a few years after they had separated, so it made me smile thinking back to how he used to know those sorts of things about her.
Now that you’re a mother yourself, has this changed how you feel about Mother’s Day?
I think it might as Willow get’s older, but as she is still so little (16 months) and the day has no meaning to her whatsoever, it’s another day just to play silly games and love each other. I suppose I’m quite excited to get flowers bought for me from “Willow”. It’s always nice to feel appreciated and right now that comes from Willow’s Daddy.
What’s your relationship like with your own Mum, how has your relationship evolved over the years and what have you learnt from her?
When I was little she was my absolute hero – I just wanted to cuddle her and be with her all the time. She radiates love and has the best & biggest smile in the world. Naturally through teenage years while I found other people to hang out with our relationship changed a little and I’d keep secrets and probably get up to mischief! I distinctly remember our relationship evolving when I was about 16. She had slipped a disc in her back so was bed bound for 6 weeks, so I used to just sit and talk at her for hours and she couldn’t escape! I think that opened up a whole new level of communication & friendship.
My mum is always willing and ready to do anything for anyone, and I hope I’ve learnt that from her. She has always put me and my brothers & sisters first and even though there have been some tricky stages in our lives together, she has always been, and will always be my safe and happy place. I hope I’m able to give all of that to my children.
We’re all obsessed with you’re daughter Willow here at Daisy, she is just too cute for words. What’s the best bit about being a Mum?