There’s all sorts of jokes about the typical ‘Irish Mammy’ but my question today extends far beyond that: what are the ingredients of a good mother?
I had a mother for over 50 years: I’ve been a mother for over 18 years and I’ve been observing mothers for more years than I want to think about.
I’ve known people who hated their mothers, loved their mothers, hated motherhood, loved motherhood …… and I’ve spent hours today looking at quotes about mother and motherhood and there’s only one that appealed to me:
“She taught me what’s important, and what isn’t. And I’ve never forgotten. And that’s what mothers do, I say.” Steven Herrick
There’s so many theories about motherhood that your brain would be bamboozled.
After a day (or is it a lifetime) of reflection: here’s my list of some of the ingredients of a ‘good mother.’ I’d love if you could add (or subtract from this list):
1. Generous with her time
6. Willing to make Gingerbread Men
10. Young at heart
13. A good cook and a great cookery teacher
16. Calculatedly neglectful
Now, please tell me what you think. I really want to know.