A thank you to my daughter on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day, to me, is about remembering the day my daughter was born as being the happiest day of my life. I never thought I would ever have a child.  Motherhood seemed like it was way too much hard work and one that involved too many sacrifices. No matter how many mothers told me that the hardship was worthwhile I never believed them. Then a contraceptive accident happened, I fell pregnant and experienced the heights and depths of joy and love that I never thought possible when she arrived.

There was something magical about that moment when she was separated from my body and cried loudly at the sudden rude awakening. The tug at my heart, the overwhelming rush of love and the sense of awe at seeing the tiny human being who had resided within me for 36 weeks.

Having a daughter has turned me into a feminist mother. It is the means by which I parent her. It is the enabler by which I tell her and show her that being a girl is no barrier to taking her place in the world. I am grateful that the world is a more equal place now than it was but I know I have a responsibility to bridge any gaps in the best way I can so that she can maximise her abilities and fight against sex discrimination.

My daughter, Maelo Manning

I know what I am getting for Mother’s Day. It’s a rose scented shower gel from Body Shop. Children always get so excited about special days and can never wait to tell you what they have bought you. The best gift though is just being a mother.

Happy Mother’s Day to you.

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