Last week I shared my personal story with you and the reaction to the piece has been overwhelming.
Thank you to everyone who sent a message of support and to those who asked us if we could print their pictures and messages.
I have been asking readers and members of the wider community what Mother’s Day means to them and this is what you have said.
Louise Moir, Mackie Academy Rector: “Having lived down south for a number of years Mother’s Day has often been spent apart from my Mum. However, it now holds a special place for me as it was two years ago this weekend that I got my job at Mackie Academy and, due to the success of this, now get to spend Mother’s Day with my mum after so many apart. It makes me appreciate it and my close location to her so much more.”
Caroll Evans, our What’s on Inverbervie correspondent: “I was lucky enough to be brought up by my grandparents and my mum in Stonehaven and I always had a special relationship with my Nana, who sadly passed 19 years ago on Mother’s Day.
“On Friday, November 11 2005, I became mummy for the first time to Jamie Burness who arrived 13 weeks earlier than expected, weighing 2lb 2 3/4 oz, we were both quite ill in the early days but, after a long 10 weeks in hospital, Jamie came home to Stonehaven before we re-located to Inverbervie where we have since been lucky enough to complete our family with seven year-old Katie and three and a half year-old Charlie.”
North Kincardine Councillor Alison Evison: “This year, Mother’s Day comes exactly a week after International Women’s Day, and the two celebrations seem closely linked. Last weekend was about women coming together, to inspire each other with confidence to achieve their personal goals. This weekend, the focus is on giving thanks for the care and support which many women give in families and the wider community.
“The fact that these special days are so close, brings to mind the campaign for girls’ education throughout the world, promoted by groups such as UNICEF and A World at School. It is known that each year of a mother’s schooling cuts the risk of infant mortality by 5-10%. Children of educated women are more likely to go to school, and this helps to reduce poverty in developing countries. Mums matter everywhere!”
MP Sir Robert Smith: “According to UNICEF in industrialised countries one mother in 4000 does not survive childbirth whereas in the least developed it is one in 51 who do not survive. Low cost basic assistance can make a real difference, to ensure many more children have the support of a mother as they grow up. This Mother’s Day we should not forget there is still much to do to improve the status of women around the world.”
Phil Mills-Bishop, Vice chair of Stonehaven Community Council: “Mothers, we all have them, are created not born and hold their children’s hands for a short while but their hearts forever.”