My mom is a good storyteller. On all levels. From reading “Bollie” when I was 5 years old at bedtime in the “Huisgenoot,” to spinning a story about something that REALLY happened and adding on bits. She has 3 kids. I’m one of them. Only when I ask, she tells me stories of how she spend hours on the road dropping us off at good crèches and how the neighbour (we called her Ouma. Bless her soul and may she rest in peace), would receive us at 6 am and Mom would collect us again at 6 PM. Walking. Hungry and Heels that needed repairing at least once a week.
Growing up was busy and I missed Mom a lot. I would call her work number to tell on my brother. 326000. I memorized it as a child. Mom and dad had to work. Yes, HAD to work. Hard work. It made for great Christmas presents. And we were the only people in our street with grass, MNet and a piano. When you were my age then, you’d much rather have Justin Timberlake in Mickey Mouse Club at home, than mom busting your girl-balls!
Only after I had my daughter (here comes a cliché – but so true) did I realize what all of this is really about. Motherhood. Also, what my dear mother has been through. If you don’t have kids and you are reading this…do you KNOW how hard it was looking after YOU? I love my baby, and I enjoy her. My biggest challenge as a mom is my “worry switch”… it drives me mad. I cannot switch it off. When I am with her I watch her, out of worry that she might choke. When I am not with her I call every 7 minutes and ask the glam pair (my au pairs …thank G-d for Magda) for picture updates and a full report of what they did in 3 hours while I am on your TV.
I just watched Finding Nemo, baby was supposed to watch it with me, but she ate the remote, then wanted milk, played with my tummy and is now asleep…anyway. The daddy fish said: “Keep Swimming.” So in 2016, even when things get tough, do that. Keep going. It’s gonna be fabulous I promise. If you haven’t spoken to your mom in a while, call your mother. You were a baby once and She made sure you were safe…Even if she had help. Just do it. Ok? Ok.