Mother’s Day: Things To Say To Someone You Love Today

It’s Mother’s Day in lots of countries today and my reader is filled with bloggers stories and poems dedicated to one of the most important in people in their lives. While we celebrate Mother’s Day in March here in the UK, I am lucky to have been blessed with the best mother in the world…

Others aren’t as lucky. A tear is always brought to my eye with the heartfelt memories of loss, of grief, anger, and from those who would give anything to have more time, even if it just for a minute. Combined with the loss that my friend suffered recently and the untimely passing of Grayson Queen, they serve as a reminder of just how short life is and the missed opportunities to tell the important people in our lives just how much they mean to us.

Here are things I am going to be saying to the people I care about today…

1. Thank you. It’s amazing how often that these little words are forgotten. Take the time to thank somebody who has gone that extra mile to support you.

2. The fact that you like having them in your life and that you enjoy spending time with them. It’s taken for granted that we spend time with the people (usually) who we enjoy being around and who makes us happy, but have you actually ever said this to them?

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3. What you appreciate about them. My mother, The Bloke and my friends are funny, intelligent and talented people. They listen to me. When I’ve had a bad day, my friend V meets me in the pub, buys me a drink and let’s me rant. M invites me round to her house for dinner and regularly listens to stories of my blogging exploits. When I was in the hospital, C and M visited me. When my cat Wobbly died, G brought round cupcakes to my house. They buy me flowers, send me messages of support, make me laugh, entertain me and invite me out to places so we can spend time together.

4. That you find them attractive. This is something that would probably be best saying to your partner – I think my mother and friends would be concerned if I suddenly said this to them. However, a compliment on how they look and what they’re wearing would potentially make somebody’s day.

5. My best memories involve you. The ‘do you remember when…?’ conversations are always good for strengthening a relationship. Reminiscing about hilarious past experiences never fails to remind us of why we have the friendship in the first place.

6. That you support them. They may already know this, but it wouldn’t hurt to let them know that you’re there.

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7. That you love them. There are different kinds of love that are reserved for different people, but take the time to let them know (where possible – verbalising love for somebody may be taken in the wrong context in some situations).

What about you guys? Is there a special person you are grateful for?

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Afternoon Tea For Mother’s Day

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Sandwiches, cakes, scones and sorbets…

It was Mother’s Day here in the UK yesterday, and my sisters and I decided to do something a little different this year. My youngest sister booked us a table at 47 King Street West, an upmarket French and British restaurant in Manchester, for a champagne afternoon tea.

The British are renowned for being tea drinkers, but in my little family there are 50% of us that don’t like it, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. A number of my friends have indulged in similar experiences at various expensive London hotels, but despite my curiosity it had always been something a little out of my price range.

We were greeted by the manager upon arrival, our coats were taken and hung up and we were shown to our table. Even though it was busy, it didn’t feel cramped or overcrowded, and the noise level was reasonably quiet for a busy restaurant. I hadn’t really eaten breakfast, and didn’t think that the food would be enough to satisfy my hunger, but I was pleasantly surprised when it arrived. We were presented with a selection of beautiful sandwiches (salmon, tuna, egg, and hummus and olive) scones, cakes and sorbets, and we took great delight in sharing everything around. The atmosphere was calm and relaxed, the staff were superb and, despite not being a champagne drinker, I discovered that it was delicious. I also decided to treat myself to my two favourite cocktails: a Mojito, followed by a Amaretto Sours. They were strong, and I found that after the second one I was feeling a little bit squiffy, to the point where my mother noticed.

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Blurry, just like my eyes after those cocktails!

It was a wonderful afternoon. After years of being estranged from each other in various different ways and resolving our issues towards the end of last year, this was the first Mother’s Day in that we all spent together and genuinely enjoyed each others company. We talked, we laughed, we ate lots of beautiful food and had a really good time. I left afterwards to catch a train home, and my sisters took my mother shopping for a present.

It is certainly something that I would consider doing again, although perhaps I’d go a little easier on the cocktails next time… Or then again, who could resist this:

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A yummy Mojito

 

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