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!