As Mother’s Day is only a few days away, we wanted to share with you why our Mum is so special to us (you may remember that Lisa and I are sisters, only 21 months apart!)
A little background information first – our Mum, Maria Luigia, was born in a tiny village in southern Italy called Panni, in the Provence of Foggia, on 19 September 1939. She was the 3rd born of 6 children, her 2 younger brothers dying during infancy and her younger sister Lina contracting Polio at the age of 6 months old, leaving her blind and disabled, which would forever change their lives.
During the early 1960s, the family made the long journey by ship to Australia, to start a new (and better) life. Mum’s father and 2 older brothers had done the same journey several years prior, having saved enough money to later send for the women. Mum was 21 when she arrived in Sydney with her mother and Lina. Her father made the short trip into Circular Quay to pick them up, and mum remembers being in awe of all the lovely properties that lined the shores as the ship sailed into Sydney Harbour. But her joy and enthusiasm was short-lived! As they drove to their new home so far away from Italy, Mum was bitterly disappointed when her dad pulled up in front of their new home in Mitchell Road Alexandria, then a run-down inner city suburb, not the gentrified suburb it is today.
Mum met her future husband in her hometown of Italy, where they both worked in the local brickwork factory. Mum says it was love at first sight! Fast-track 60 years, they are the proud parents of 3 children and 9 grandchildren, who are the centre of their universe. Mum told me that Dad recently asked her whether she had any regrets about how their lives unfolded, with Mum replying that she would make the same choices again and again. A true love story.
So here it is. Why our Mum is so special to us:
- Mum always knows what to say to make us feel better. Whenever we are sad or upset she always reminds us how lucky we are to be living in such a lucky country with countless opportunities.
- She is the strongest woman we know.
- She loves us and we love her. Having suffered from anxiety for most of my life, if it wasn’t for my Mum’s love I wouldn’t be where I am today.
- Mum always cooks the best food. Her specialties are pasta and pizza, all handmade. Yum.
- Mum is always helping us out even though all her children are grown up and have their own families. I can’t remember the last time I visited Mum and Dad without bringing some food home with me.
- Mum made our wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses and flower girl dresses. It took her many, many, many hours of hard work, dedication and expertise to produce the most exquisite gowns. At the time I didn’t truly appreciate all the effort she put in but the older I get the more I appreciate the love behind such a kind gesture.
- Mum always puts her children before her own needs. Always.
- Mum spent countless hours awake while I was studying for the HSC and Uni as she knew how stressed I became and was there just to support me. There were many times when I broke down and she comforted me with wise words.
- Growing up, Mum was always kind to us. She was always lifting us up and telling us we could achieve anything we set our minds to.
10. She is our best friend. She is the go-to person for advice.
11. She is who we always wanted to be when we grew up. Still, I wish I was as kind and sweet as my Mum and had just a bit of her creative talent.
12. She is always there for us. Rain. Hail. Or shine.
Wishing all of our Mothers a very Happy Mother’s Day. May your day be bright and filled with love and happiness.