As Mother’s Day approaches, I am reminded that last year my family gave me a beautiful dress from my favourite store. It fit perfectly and I loved it. I always save things I love, so I wore the dress on Mother’s Day, at a function and was planning on wearing it to a very special ceremony for my oldest daughter. But, I ripped the dress while getting out of the car on the day of the ceremony so I rushed home for a quick change and threw it into one of my numerous bags in the car. I needed to have it repaired quickly so I could wear it on Christmas Day.
During our last week of school, my family was overwhelmed by countless concerts, catch-ups, and major career changes. Things reached a level where no one could keep up. One day after school, my daughters and I went on a mission to achieve multiple errands before our next activity. We decided to divide and conquer-my oldest daughter went to the supermarket (with plastic bags to be recycled) while my younger daughter and I headed to another shop.
The last day of school arrived and our whole school community let out a collective sigh. The end of the year had been intense; there was hope for a fresh start in 2017. Finally, I began to focus on Christmas and my dress came to mind. Frantically I searched through all of my bags. I realised, with great disappointment, that my special, beautiful dress had been thrown into the supermarket recycling bin. The staff were kind to me when I arrived at the shop flustered but I left empty-handed. My hope is that someone found the dress and is wearing it often, or that maybe I will spot some beautiful recycled shopping bags in my community one day.
This experience felt like an awakening for me-it was time to stop saving my favourite things, and it was time for me to focus and be proactive. I began dancing and writing regularly because both activities make me feel happy and inspired. Kids have many outlets available to them: sports, music, drama, dancing, martial arts and many others. Creative writing is another valuable option for some students and it makes writing a pleasurable activity.
Please find below a piece of my creative writing from primary school. It ends with a cautionary statement which seems to be consistent with how I feel about technology now. Social media is an essential part of modern life (without it I wouldn’t have a business), but “you better be careful how you use it.”
Happy Mother’s Day to everyone who looks after other people and/or creatures.