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When she calls me mum

Josephine Namusisi-Riley shares a beautiful poem about her daughter titled 'When she calls me mum' - its a must read!


Recently I have been wondering

Am I getting soft?

I will tell you why!

My eldest is 22years old

And I literally melt

Every time she calls me mum!

I feel all warm and emotional

 

I am trying to understand why?

She has called me mum a billion times and more

From when she uttered that magical word

I remember when she was a little girl

Calling mum like it was the first word,

that came to her little mind.

Happy, giggling and screaming – mum!

Sad needing a hug – mummy!

Scared because of the immunisation injection

Maaaaaaaaam!

Or anything else for that matter.

 

But now?

My daughter is a woman.

With an opinion on all subjects under the sun!

Hard and soft all at the same time.

And all the time we talk

And she pulls this magical word out of her mouth

My heart flips over and she just carries on

Because that is how it has always been for her.

 

For me?

I am discovering that being a parent,

seems to become more and more precious.

Not what I imagined at all

I thought I would lose the magic feeling

As my kids get older

Yet I find that I bathe

in the warmth of motherhood

Every time Helena calls me mum!

 

Written for PACT

By Josephine Namusisi-Riley

January 2021.


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  • Josephine Namusisi-Riley
    published this page in Blog 2021-01-28 10:13:25 +0000