Sunday, March 22 we celebrated Mother’s Day here in the UK. Admittedly, I love any reason for a celebration! Yet Mother’s Day and time with my little family is particularly special ❤
At times of Corona, rather than the question being whether you celebrate at yours, your mum’s, his’ or juggling all in one day; it was all about NOT being able to see your mum.
Many of our parent’s are in the 70+ group, at risk and formally instructed to self-isolate for 12 weeks. We as a nation, are told to separate our children from their grandparents. Of course perfectly understandable given the pandemic. Yet not any less upsetting.
Even if you do decide to celebrate as just your family unit, the country was anticipating an imminent lock-dock and under instruction to social distance. There was nowhere to go!
Doesn’t mean we couldn’t mark the occasion!
As we all adapt to ‘the new normal’, we rethink how we make what matters work. Here is our list for a meaningful Mother’s Day with loved ones, whilst self-isolating:
ONE: STAYING IN MEANS MORE FAMILY TIME
There is value in staying in and slowing down. I usually get restless indoors. I am all systems go and make constant plans to get outdoors. Not having that option made for a nice and easy start to the day. Yes the boys (hubby and son) make me breakfast and the 4 yo came into lounge with a big smile as he carried the plate he prepared.
We also had opportunity to cuddle up and play a board game. We played Malefiz. An older German game. It’s one I regularly played with my late great aunt. Someone I was incredibly close with and who is very missed. It was quite special playing a game that had so many memories of my auntie.
TWO: YES, I TOTALLY TOOK MY LITTLE BOY TO BUY MY OWN CARD & MUG
I am the planner in the family. Hubby, who can be very thoughtful, is more last minute. So I shamelessly took Littlen to the card factory to pick out cards for Nanny, his Godmother and myself (the first two needed to get posted in advance). When we had news of a possible lock-down Littlen and I went for a last shop and came across a Mother’s Day mug that just perfectly goes with my tea pot 😉 Hubby ended up going into isolation, so would not have had opportunity to get to the shops. To be fair, given the times getting a card and gift not the most crucial of things.
THREE: BAKE A CAKE, TOGETHER
For me the real gift is time with Littlen. It brings me pure joy, when his eyes light up cause he’s excited about something. Baking is one of those things. We don’t bake very often. So Littlen loves it when we do. We tried our hand at a yummy banana chocolate chip cake 🙂
FOUR: VIRTUAL, ALL FAMILY AFTERNOON TEA PARTY
By the time it came to Mother’s Day, my in-laws had been isolating for a week.. Being a very close family in-laws have daily contact with the a mix of us (there is 21 of us plus aunties, uncles, cousins and nan).
Instead of cancelling Mother’s Day we threw a surprise skype call afternoon tea party. Hence the cake 🙂 I got out our wedding memento box, and put up a little bunting, seasonal daffodils and a full pot of tea.
Just because you’re isolating, doesn’t mean you have to go it alone!
If I don’t mention my mum, it’s because in Spain el dia de la madre is on Sunday, May 03. So we will be doing this again in a few weeks ❤
FIVE: ONE PERMITTED OUTING A DAY, ENJOYING THE OPPORTUNITIES YOU DO HAVE
Whilst we try and stay at home, we do cherish the one outing a day for a little exercise. Littlen and I went for a stroll in the local park. Avoiding play ground and the more central routes, we stuck to a quieter area. Littlen learned to climb a tree and we played a little boules before walking back, All while surrounded by the gorgeous magnolia trees.
Happy Mother’s Day to my fellow mums out there xoxo
Mother’s day or not, Corona virus and the changes it brings to our day to day will test our mummy skills. Trust yourselves. You’ve totally got this!