Ah Mother’s day! it’s the time of year where we shower our Mammy in presents and thank her for her years of service, which, lets face it, is at times more difficult than any military duty. Whatever way you look at it, it’s no secret that Irish Mammies are the cornerstone of Irish society.
They’d put the fear of god in to the devil himself
Hell hath no fury like a mammy scorned. As children we were always doing something stupid, whether it be fighting with the siblings or kicking the ball against the wall after being repeatedly told not to. And when we didn’t listen, you can be sure the wooden spoon was coming to get you. Many Irish men and women to this day have a fear of the sound of a kitchen drawer opening. It was often accompanied by a chase that Michael Bay would be proud of. Inevitably you’d be caught and would feel the full wrath of the implement that served up more pain than it did food.
She could call upon the saints themselves
Lost something? Say a prayer to St. Anthony and he’ll find it for you. This is the calling card for many an Irish mother. Back in the days where you couldn’t ring your mobile to find it down the couch and had to tear the whole house asunder looking for what you’d lost, mammies called upon St. Anthony to guide you on your way, however, speculation suggests that she just didn’t wanting you wrecking the house she’d spent all day cleaning so asked a holy ghost to watch over you and make sure you didn’t wreck anything.
Ain’t no cooking like mammies cooking
Whether it was a Stew, Shepard’s Pie or a good old fry, nothing can compare to mammies cooking. Often imitated, never duplicated. Many times I’ve been cooking and thought to myself “Ah it can’t be that hard to make it like mam did”. Oh how wrong I was folks. There seems to be something magical about a mothers cooking. The smell of dinner would swarm the house at around the same time every day making it smell like Gordon Ramsey’s Kitchen Dreams.
Mammy will always know best
I honestly believe that if every world leader was forced to consult with their mothers before doing anything, there would be no such thing as wars. Guaranteed, whether it was climbing a high wall or going out to play in the rain, whatever she said would happen, happened. If you caught a cold or broke your arm, there would be no sympathy, after all, she did warn you!
Mothers are the hardest working people in the world
Get the children up for school, wash them, cloth them, feed them, send them off to school, clean the house, cook the dinner, do the shopping, collect the children, wash them, cloth them, feed them and repeat. This is the routine for a lot of mothers around the country. And make no mistake about it, a lot of mothers had full time jobs on top of this. Never once do they complain and all they ask is you leave them alone in the evening.
She’s the worlds greatest listener
From heartaches to a scraped knee, you can always count on your mammy to lend an ear. She may not always offer advice, because even mammy knows sometimes you have to do some things on your own. It makes no odds whether you’re 3 or 30, there’s no problem that you can’t help by talking to the one person who loves you more than life itself.
All they want is one day.
Your mother is the best friend you will ever have. Always there for you round the clock, whether you still live at home or whether your on opposite sides of the world, and sometimes even after they leave us. So take the time this March 6th to tell your mother just how much you appreciate all the years of being mammy. Buy some flowers, chocolate or whatever she’d like. Just remember to say thank you.