The last week has flown by and it is Friday again and so time to join with Amy over at Love Made my Home and Tricky at Fastblog for Five on Friday.
This week rather than sharing craft projects or things I have been doing over the last seven days this Five on Friday is a little different.
It was International Women's Day this week, on March 8th. IWD has been observed on this date since the early 1900's. It is a day to reflect upon and celebrate woman's achievements today and in the past and also the continued struggle for equality. There are many women I admire and who have inspired me, Mary Seacole, Emily Pankhurst, Marie Currie, Malala Yousafzai to name just a few. There is one women who is very close to me and has always been a constant source of inspiration, whose birthday also happens to be March 8th - my Mother. So for my Five on Friday this week here are the five things I most admire about her.
A lifetime of love, care and unwavering support for family, friends, neighbours and colleagues.
Facing hardship and tragedy with strength of character and quiet dignity.
Always refusing to be bullied and fighting for the rights and opportunities of those she cares about.
Being able to consider life from someone else's perspective, having sympathy with their experience and empathise with their situation.
Despite the difficulties life has brought, always facing the world with a smile and looking forward to what tomorrow might bring.
It would be lovely to be able to share a picture of my lovely mum with you but as she is an intensely private person it would not be right to do so. The picture above is from her garden. The daffodils are a little like her - bright, cheerful and full of life.
I am very fortunate that my mother is still alive, mentally sharp and able to live independently at 94. We have always had a good relationship, which not everyone is lucky enough to experience. My mother continues to be a source of inspiration and I hope I can always live up to her example.
Who inspires you?
Are there women who have influenced your life?