I wrote this many years ago, before I became a mother myself. I wrote this for my mum and mother-in-law and gave it to them one Mother’s Day. While I was writing it, I couldn’t use my experience as a mother because I had no idea what it was like to be one. So I thought about my Mum and the sacrifices she had to make for us, the years she spent taking care of us, the times she most probably wanted to strangle us for being so ungrateful and rude and annoying. I thought about how she raised us and the exhaustion she would have felt. My Mum had a lot to carry on her shoulders, but she remained strong for us. She didn’t burden us with her worries.
I didn’t see it at the time, but looking back I realise how incredibly strong she was. She still is.
So this is for my Mum, who I love dearly and will be forever grateful for what she did/still does for me.
Now I am a mother myself, this piece is even more meaningful, and I hope any other mother’s who read this know how incredible you are!

A Piece of You

Being a mother is the hardest job in the world. It is constant work; you don’t get to finish at five o’clock.

You don’t even get paid to be a Mum. There’s no manual; you learn as you go. You discover the true meaning of selflessness, forgiveness, patience, and endless love.

Sometimes your dreams get pushed to the back for the dreams of your child. Sometimes your child’s dreams become your own, because of your desire to see them succeed.

You devote your time and money to ensure they grow up happy and healthy.

You are many things all rolled into one: a nurse, a teacher, a taxi driver, a counsellor, a role model, a playmate, a confidante.

Your child has your heart; they carry it around with them wherever they go. You are always needed, even when they grow up and move away.

The thing is, sometimes being a mother can be frustrating. Sometimes it is a thankless task, and your child may not understand how committed you are to them.

You’ll clean up after them, while they just make more mess.

You’ll correct their manners, their grammar, and their respect for you and others around them.

You’ll pick them up when they fall over.

You’ll cuddle them close when they need comfort.

You’ll nurse their broken heart when they find love and lose it for the first time.

You will go through extraordinary amounts of pain to bring them into this world, but you’ll still smile because you now hold a piece of you in your arms.

The pain doesn’t end there, though. You will constantly be tested; you will realise the limits of your patience.

Being a mother is the hardest job in the world, but it is also the most rewarding. The journey your child takes you on will show you how amazing you are.

You brought a new life into this world; you raised them and taught them everything you know.

There will be many milestones – their first smile, first laugh, first crawl, first walk, first day of school, their graduation, their wedding and then, finally, their own children.

And you’ll look on with a sense of pride because you know your guidance and love have brought them to all these points in their life.

You’ll look on and know that you’ll take this job over any in the world.

When your child looks at you and all you see is love, appreciation and gratitude reflected in their eyes, you’ll know it was all worth it – every single moment brought you here.

There comes a time when you stop holding your child’s hand, and drying their tears. Sometimes your words will fall on deaf ears, and no one listens when you speak.

You will learn that you need to let them go in order for them to come back.

You will learn that their mistakes are best learnt firsthand; you can’t shield them from pain, but you can be there when they need someone to understand.

It’s true, being a mother is the hardest job in the world, but somehow you manage to make it look so easy. You possess silent strength, sheer determination. Everything you do is done with no expectation of something in return.

Your beauty lies in the fact that you don’t fully comprehend how your actions shine as bright as you.

The truth is – you don’t realise what an impact you really have.


Three generations of mothers: My mum, me, my nanna, and Emmy.

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4 responses to “A Piece of You: A Dedication to all the Wonderful Mothers out there”

  1. Cath Billi says:

    Just beautiful words Suzi! You write so well and every word is straight from the heart. I think your Mum and Mother-in-law know that you are pretty amazing too xx

    • suzifaed says:

      Thank you so much, Cath. That’s lovely of you to say. I hope you are having a wonderful day today, and are being spoilt like you deserve. Oh, and I think you are pretty amazing yourself xo

  2. Marie McLean says:

    Such a beautiful post. You are truly lucky to have a mother who did all those things selfishly for you.
    (I loved the photo of the tiny hand gripping your thumb!)

    • suzifaed says:

      Thank you, Marie. I am certainly grateful for all my mum did/does for me. Since I’ve become a parent myself, I have even more gratitude for what Mum went through to raise us. Kids are crazy, and she had three of them and still came out the other end sane! 🙂
      I love that photo too, my baby’s tiny hand tightly gripping mine. Makes my heart swell. I still love the feel of Emmy’s hand in mine!

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