Monday, February 13, 2012

{ if... }

This post is for my mum. On Friday we celebrated her 60th birthday and all that she has managed to pack into her six decades so far. My mother is a very clever woman and has done a great many wonderful things in her time (not least of which is raising four daughters!) - though I suspect not many people know just how much she's accomplished, as she is probably the most humble and understated person I know. 

This poem - 'If...' by Rudyard Kipling - is her favourite. For as long as I can remember, she has turned me to these words whenever I face a tough time or decision. They are simple, wise and humbling - much like Mum.  Every year I realise more and more how fortunate I am to have such a strong and clever woman to be the example I follow in life. 

So happy, happy birthday mum! Thank you for giving us all everything that counts the most, here's to another sixty years!

Pip xx


Natasha @ Northern Light Blog said...

Happy Birthday "mom" :)

... is it not interesting how we end up really, REALLY appreciating our moms!! Hoping to be just as wise and kind as she is someday :)

Pip Boydell said...

Very True Natasha... I guess part of the irony of being a parent, it's not till (most of) the hard work is over that your kids start to really appreciate it all! Something for me to remember/ look forward to when I one day kids of my own :)Love to you and your family hope you're all feeling better :) Pip x

City Girl (EC1) said...

I love this. It holds such meaning personally for me too. Happy belated Birthday to your Mum! Good to find your blog - enjoying reading x

Ann-maree said...


I love my Mum too.

We are really enjoying the beautiful works of art you did.

Pip Boydell said...

Thank you City Girl great to discover you too.... Ann-Maree lovely to hear from you and so glad you love the paintings! Thank you again for your support. Hope 2012 is treating you well! Pip x

kelly@refresheddesigns. said...

This really caught my eye because it was always my grandfather's favourite as well. He was 92 when he passed a few years ago.

Thanks for the reminder of the fortunate things we have in life!