FullSizeRender-1The umbilical chord is often seen as the ultimate connection between mother and baby. For me, it’s nature’s helping hand; a necessity rather than a matter of choice. A survival tool for the child within.

And although carrying something as wriggly and heavy as me for nine months is testament to how strong we are as women, it’s the connection that is made after that time is up, the invisible one, that is what makes a mother, a mother.

My brother was a nightmare, much like most teenage boys growing up in the big city. He had an attitude, loved women a little too much and hated school. I, on the other hand, was glued to your hip, aiming to please you at every turn. I felt bad I didn’t want to wear that money belt you insisted on me wearing at secondary school and was wracked with guilt when I snuck off to see boys instead of revising. Your children were polar opposites, but you seemed to balance our characters and fulfil our needs so seamlessly from day one that I’m sure you’re some sort of super human. And for that, we both thank you.

I had always thought that you were the only one capable of such magic, but of course I was wrong. Naturally, I still think you’re number one, but after asking for people to share the love they had for their mothers, I realised: you’re one part of a very big, very strong and very beautiful tribe. And so, the Dear Mum, Project was born.

So many of you had lots to say about the women who brought you into the world, proving how strong maternal bonds really are. I personally think something must happen to a woman when she gives birth that is never spoken about except for with fellow mothers because I sure don’t possess the stoicism, the strength or the resilience that you and I describe about the women who gave birth to us.

Today is a chance for mothers everywhere to take a break from the hardest job in the world. So as you put your feet up with a cup of tea and a chocolate Hobnob, we say thank you, we love you and we appreciate you, for one day of the year (which really isn’t enough but there’s no real way to repay you, so it will have to do for now).

Happy Mother’s Day, to all of you wonderful creatures.

(As for you mum, I will never be able to show you how grateful I am for the last twenty five years, but I can do my best, as you always tell me to. So, dearest mother, the unquestionable love of my entire life, thank you for absolutely everything you’ve ever done for me- from telling me daily that everything will be okay, to gently letting me know that I should never, ever wear red lipstick – you’re an angel, and life without you is unimaginable.

Happy Mother’s Day, my life line.)


  1. Cousin Jacks March 15, 2015 / 4:39 pm

    Really lovely acknowledgment to your mum Olivia. So much of what you have written resonates with me and my experience with Josh and Amelia….well done Hun xxx

    • thelondonladybird March 16, 2015 / 1:00 pm

      Aw, thank you!! Glad you enjoyed it xxxxx

  2. Siobhan March 15, 2015 / 1:22 pm

    How wonderful and touching your words are Olivia. I am very blessed to call your mother and second mother my friends. We don’t see each other as often as we would like but we are always there. Cherish her as she does you. Have an amazing day together. Love you all xxx

    • thelondonladybird March 15, 2015 / 1:32 pm

      Ah, that’s so sweet!! Happy Mother’s Day xxxxxxxx

  3. Lynn March 15, 2015 / 10:46 am

    Awwwwww Livs. That’s beautiful. Our Charleen is a super amazing mummy to you and Alex and even Ellie. Thankyou for including us in your photos I’m deeply touched. Have a lovely day together.

    • thelondonladybird March 15, 2015 / 10:54 am

      You are more than welcome Lynn. My pleasure, my second mummy xxx

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