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Home is where my mum is

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“But my ultimate inspiration comes from my best friend, the dazzling woman from whom I received my name and my life’s blood, Lorelai Gilmore. My mother never gave me any idea that I couldn’t do whatever I wanted to do or be whomever I wanted to be. She filled our house with love and fun and books and music, unflagging in her efforts to give me role models from Jane Austen to Eudora Welty to Patti Smith. As she guided me through these incredible eighteen years, I don’t know if she ever realized that the person I most wanted to be was her. Thank you, Mom: you are my guidepost for everything.”

I just wanted to summarise how I feel about my amazing mum with my favourite piece of dialogue from Gilmore Girls (Series 3 Episode 22). It is Mother’s Day after all, so if I can’t be sentimental and cliché on this day, when can I?

When I was an angry teenager with purple back-combed hair and too much eyeliner, I never imagined I could tolerate let alone idolise my mum. She is balshy and loud, embarrassing and old-fashioned, and yet she is my mother, and she has raised me. She has put up with my head-strong, stubborn and frankly aggressive personality for the last 22 years, and she has done it all with a smile on her face and love in her heart.

My mother has taught me to never to let life, people or the past grind you down, and to always fight for what you believe in. She has encouraged every phase and trend, supported every impulse decision, and been there to offer guidance at every cross roads in my life.

Thank you, mumma, for always being the heart and definition of home. For always giving the best hugs, even when you smell of smoke and cold. Thank you for making the best tea and toast, and for allowing me to be exactly who I am, even when I’m being ridiculous.

You bring so much sass, laughter and wisdom into my life, and so much of the woman I am becoming is because of you, the woman I hope to become.

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