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You are the Everything, Mom

It’s the night you were born. Your mom is in pain but ecstatic. She is sweating and pushing and smiling. And suddenly you’re in this new strange place. But you are in your mother’s arms, and you feel safe hearing the voice that’s been soothing you for the past nine months.

You are three years old. Mom’s taken you to the grocery store and she’s chatting with a stranger about where he can find the soup aisle. He has hair growing out of his ears and you’re not so sure about him, but Mom’s being kind to him, and as long as you can keep this grip around Mom’s lower leg, you’ll be okay.

You are seven years old and someone at school says you are stupid. You come home in tears and Mom holds you and listens to you and bakes you peanut butter cookies. Life will be alright. 

You are 18 years old and someone breaks your heart. Mom agrees with you that he is terrible, and tells you all of the great things about yourself that mean you’ll meet someone better for you.

You are 29 years old and have a beautiful, new, colicky baby at home. Mom listens from miles away, over the phone, offering advice (some great, some outdated), and making sense of the crazy words that fall out of your mouth due to lack of sleep. She understands.

No matter where we are in life, we all need our moms. And I miss mine dearly. I am in fact, sad and tearful writing about this now. But I am proud and honoured to be a mom to an amazing teenage son who brings so much happiness to my life. 

Our May issue is a love-fest to moms of all kinds. Read a love letter from 10 year old brothers to their awesome mama – get ready to have your heart warmed by My Mom is the Best Mom on page 11. We always believe self-care for parents is important, but now so more than ever! Find great ideas in A Month of Self-Care for Mom on page 18. And even kids can help treat Mommy to yummy and easy Oreo Cookie Truffles page 20.

Whether you’re a mom-to-be, a seasoned mama, or a dog-mom, there’s something wonderful for you in this issue. Here’s wishing moms of all kinds a wonderful Mother’s Day! We appreciate you, we remember you, we love you.

Sabina Manji, a lifelong Londoner, is an irrepressible entrepreneur, mother of a wonderful son, and also a committed volunteer.


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