I know I rave on about my Mum all the time and it becomes very easy to put our lost loved ones up on a pedestal often forgetting their flaws and romanticising the relationship we had with them. No-one is ever perfect in this life and even though my Mum was a remarkably strong, independent woman she did have her faults. Mum was awful at picking her partners, which was a constant frustration for me, she was always working and rarely listened or understood us kids as teenagers and she had a tendency to be a bit cranky at times.
So, no my Mum wasn't perfect just as none of us are but even so she was an inspiration to me in a lot of ways as she self built our family home as a single parent of four young children and as a single parent of six kids went to the University of East London, got her degree in Psychosociology and then went on to work in social services for vulnerable young people. However, what inspires me the most about my Mum was her whole hearted honesty and her loyalty to her family. Mum was one of the most genuine people you could ever wish to meet and didn't have one bad bone in her body.
Our family home was always full of people, noise and busy activity. Family and friends would always gather at our house and some of them would turn to Mum during times of need. Without question she was always there to help them and even if she might have been struggling herself she would never let on. Unfortunately some of these people have proved not to have shown the same loyalty back, a loyalty she deserved.
So my Mums devotion and selfless acts of love towards not just us kids but also members of her extended family are an inspiration to me. They made her the ever considerate person she was and she leaves a legacy to be proud of. Mum really was the salt of the earth.
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