With Mother's Day coming up this Sunday I have made a tribute layout to my mum. My mum was born in Latvia and after being separated from her family during WW2, she eventually came to live in Australia as a displaced person after the war. This photo of her would have been taken in the mid 1920's. It was the only childhood photo she had.
I had a mostly difficult relationship with my mother, right up to when she unexpectedly and suddenly passed away almost 20 years ago. As a seven year old I was angry with her when she packed up our things and took me away from my father and I think I stayed angry for the next 34 years. I felt I was never good enough for her. I felt second best to my older sister, her boyfriends, her friends, her cultural interests.
As a teenager and adult, when ever I was up against life's struggles I would blame her. My upbringing was the reason my life was a mess and why I was depressed. My dysfunctional life was her fault!!
I have been able to find compassion and forgiveness in my heart since then and change my way of thinking. I know she did the best she could with what she knew and what she had. Mother's are human too and absolutely they make mistakes. She no doubt had her own feelings of loss and pain that she never had been able to deal with properly. I don't doubt that she wished that she would have done some things differently. I wish I had done some things differently. I am sure she always wanted the best for me.
I wouldn't be who I am today without her and I thank her for that.
Happy Mother's Day mum. Love you xx
I am joining in with two challenges:
More Than Words
and Scrap The Girls
I have used Pion Papers on my layout, Dusty Attic Chipboard and stencil and flowers from Petaloo and Wild Orchid Crafts. I photocopied onto cardstock an A4 sheet of Pansy flowers I have had in my stash for many years and then cut them all out.
Thank you for stopping by and Happy Mother's Day to all the other mothers out there!