Following is an entry in the NSM ‘You Deserve to Indulge’ Mother’s Day Competition (entries close midnight tonight). Here, Leslyn Parker from West Pymble tells us all about her fabulous mum May from Neutral Bay.
May is amazing because of her resilience and her strive to achieve the very best for her family, without help from anyone else.
Let me tell you a little about my mum. She was born in Fiji, and lived a country life as a girl. She met and married my father at the tender age of 19, and had my brother (now 37) when she was 20. May wanted the very best for her son (and future children – that’s me, now 33) so they both decided to pack up and move to a country where opportunity was aplenty.
Mum chose Australia … not Canada or the USA or NZ, where there were many other relatives to assist. A big move overseas, with a young son and no other family – scary! When my mother and father came here, they literally had nothing and no friends or family to help. Mum’s first coffee table was a cardboard box with a tablecloth over the top; her first dining set in Australia was a plastic disposable picnic set.
Despite the odds, hardship and isolation, Mum did it. She worked during the day and studied at night in order to gain Australian accreditation, doing this with two small children while my father also worked a rotating shift.
Through a lot of hard work and sacrifice (no flamboyant holidays, no fancy meals out, no fancy cars) Mum and Dad purchased their first home.
During the recession, however, they unfortunately lost their ‘Australian dream’. Not to worry, Mum was straight back onto it, pushing through to get back up and try again. I never saw her shed a tear; in retrospect she was always so strong and always such a wonderful mother to two little brats! With all this, she still managed to put her children through private schooling, so they could go on and achieve whatever they wished. Anything to make her children’s lives easier.
Mum and Dad eventually were able to repurchase a home after that, and then upgrade a few years later again. Today Mum still works, not because she has to, but because she loves to make a difference. Nowadays, instead of chasing after her two bratty children, she chases after her two not-so-bratty grandchildren.
Anyway, that’s my mum. A true hero who made it against the odds.
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