It’s Mother’s Day in the UK…

After all these years living in the UK, I never got used to celebrating Mother’s Day in Winter time. I got used to the universal one in May. Although it’s so nice to be greeted twice in a year, from my friends in the UK, and from family and friends around the globe. It makes you feel so proud to be a mother during this special day. It is the hardest role I’ve done in my life and it is true that you’ll never know what it’s like to be a mother until you become one. That’s why I don’t pay attention to the ones who are not mothers yet, whatever they think motherhood is like and how it should be. 

To the two best mothers I’ve known in my life, my own mother, Beth Papas-Mercado, and mother-in-law, Jean Banes, and to my special friends celebrating in the UK today, Happy Mothering Sunday. I am so proud to be a MOTHER!   



“Before you were a Mom –
You slept as late as you wanted and never worried about how late you got into bed. You brushed your hair and your teeth everyday.

Before you were a Mom –
You cleaned your house each day. You never tripped over toys or forgot words to a lullaby. You didn’t worry whether or not your plants were poisonous. You never thought about immunizations.

Before you were a Mom –
You had never been puked on – Pooped on – Spat on – Chewed on, or Peed on. You had complete control of your mind and your thoughts. You slept all night.

Before you were a Mom –
You never held down a screaming child so that doctors could do tests…or give shots. You never looked into teary eyes and cried. You never got gloriously happy over a simple grin. You never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep.

Before you were a Mom –
You never held a sleeping baby just because you didn’t want to put it down. You never felt your heart break into a million pieces when you couldn’t stop the hurt. You never knew that something so small could affect your life so much. You never knew that you could love someone so much. You never knew you would love being a Mom.

Before you were a Mom –
You didn’t know the feeling of having your heart outside your body. You didn’t know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby. You didn’t know that bond between a mother and her child. You didn’t know that something so small could make you feel so important.

Before you were a Mom –
You had never gotten up in the middle of the night every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay. You had never known The warmth, The joy, The love, The heartache, The wonderment or the satisfaction of being a Mom. You didn’t know you were capable of feeling so much before you were a Mom.

Send this to someone whom you think is a special Mom… 

And remember that behind every successful woman……
is a basket of dirty laundry.”
— Unknown.