273 days. When was the last time you carried something for 273 days? Let alone took good care of it for that length of time. We carry things all the time, maybe a football in our arms, a hat on our heads, or a delicate watch on our wrists… But imagine if you couldn’t put those items down for a whole 273 days. Imagine if it was impossible to forget they were there, even when you fell asleep or had a shower. Imagine if you had to consider them in your thoughts and decisions, every day, making sure they’re well looked after… That means no scruffs, no scratches, no burns or holes. You’ve got to keep that item you’re carrying in perfect condition.
273 days. That’s longer than any season of sport that we know of. That’s three entire seasons of a year that will come and go with you still carrying, still watchfully holding on. Imagine carrying a human life for that whole time … Now let’s admit, that wouldn’t be something just anyone can do. It’s a fair commitment. Yet, mothers all over Australia carry their child for that length of time during their pregnancy, and continue to carry their children – both physically and metaphorically – for years to come.
As young kids, we’re used to having our mothers involved in every aspect of our lives – from making our favourite foods and buying us new clothes to wear, to covering our school books in contact paper at the start of every school year and looking after us when we’re sick.
And now a national survey from Real Insurance shows us just how much Australians love their mums. In fact, almost a quarter of the respondents – 21.3% of the 1200 people surveyed – said that their mum was their favourite member of the family. Coming in second at 15% was a female spouse or partner.
Funnily enough, despite these results, often being a mother seems like a thankless job; you’re actively trying to do what’s best for your child, but it often appears as though your help is not appreciated, and maybe even resented! After all, what child enjoys being told that they can’t have any lollies because dinner is only five minutes away? But they’ll understand and appreciate your efforts later in life, as this survey clearly reveals.
When you’re a mum there’s no annual leave, there’s no sick leave (as often when you’re sick, the kids are too!), and definitely no personal leave … But despite these things, most mothers will tell you that having and taking care of their children is the most rewarding part of their lives. And an attitude that people everywhere should take on all days – but especially on Mother’s Day – is that having a mother who cares about us is the most rewarding part of our life too.
So, not only should we all make a big effort to tell our mums how much we love and appreciate them on Mother’s Day, we shouldn’t forget to tell her on all the other days of the year, too. Or if we don’t want to keep repeating the words, let’s at least show our love in our actions and behaviour. She’s definitely earned it, so let’s give mum what she deserves!