Mothers across the state will be woken with cries of ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ on Sunday as families across Tasmania will celebrate everything their mothers have given them.
Mother’s Day is a chance to acknowledge the women in our lives for all that they have done, including being the givers of the most significant gift of all – the gift of life.
There will be many events across the state where people can celebrate with their mothers, ranging from school morning teas to indulgent winery lunches and fun family activities like the Mother’s Day Classic fun run.
One Punchbowl Primary School student Henry said he loves his mum because when he is upset she “says nice things about me”.
Fellow classmate Gus said that he loves his mum because she lets him pop into her bed for a snuggle every morning.
As a midwife of 40 years, Anna Hollaway has seen firsthand the strong bond a mother and her child share from the very beginning.
“Most people will say that it's their mother that they always look for. That bond with your mother is everything. You've been a part of her body,” she said.
“By the time the child grows up the mother knows everything about the child. Everything.”
Fellow midwife Jasmijn van de Winckel agrees and says she still struggles to find words to describe the feeling that fills the room when a mother first sees her newborn child.
“It's just instant love and the look in their eyes., you can just feel it, there's nothing you need to say. It just happens,” she said.
She says that babies associate their mother with safety the moment they are born, often falling asleep to the sound of their voice.
Mrs Hollaway says many mothers will tell her that the day their child is born is the best day of their lives.
“We love those moments because we get them too. You know, we're there, it's literally true that hormone, that love, it's catching in the room,” she says.
One way to celebrate on May 14 while contributing to a worthy cause is to attend the Mother’s Day Recital held at the Albert Hall.
This year’s recital will be performed by renowned local organist Peter Schultz.
All door donations will be donated to The Examiner’s Winter Relief Appeal.
Entry is a gold coin donation with the concert running from 2pm until 4pm.