Motherhood for me then & now: the Mother’s Day with Pandora
Mother’s Day… Ever since I was a child I remember my dad bringing flowers to my mom on this day. My brother and I used to make handmade presents and cards and I remember my mom always being deeply touched by our expression of love to her. Of course, I knew why, I knew it felt good to be loved by us and we were happy to make her feel that way. However it was only years later that I got to realise the actual depth of the emotions my mom felt for us every day but it was probably particularly special for her on Mother’s Day.
Only a year and a half ago, when our little girl first landed in my arms and made me a Mother, I could fully perceive the essence of life – and I am not exaggerating here. Suddenly you feel the universe squeeze into a tiny body right in front of you. Your ancient instincts wake up and you feel the constant urge to protect this little human. You feel the pain of all the mothers that have ever lost their children and of all the children that have never experienced being loved by their mothers like that. And you instantly make a decision to pour all the love you carry in yourself into your baby just because no alternative is possible for you any more.
Then their life begins. It’s a new life, in which you learn to cope with a hurricane of emotions, starting with overwhelming unconditional love that make you very emotional (your hormones don’t make it easy at that point) and ending with a constant fear of anything that could potentially harm your new-born, who is your universe. You slowly learn to live with these feelings because it becomes clear that they will always stay with you. Never again that part of your heart will be empty again.
Only then you understand what it means to be a mother. It is to love, to care, to nurture, to sacrifice, to let go, to forget about yourself at times. That is exactly the reason why a tiny expression of love from your baby such as the first kiss, the first hug, the first “Mama” matters so much to you. And Mother’s Day is one of the rare occasions when you can sit back and think about this new or not so new role of yours. You can absorb all the experience, all the joy and all the difficulties that motherhood brings along. You get to celebrate yourself as a Mother.
As I was typing all of this, I realised I have so much to say, so much to express about this chapter of my life both as a daughter and a mother. That’s the first reason I am so grateful to PANDORA jewellery for the opportunity to celebrate Mother’s Day with them and to present their new collection as a celebration of this wonderful occasion. Another reason is that jewellery has always been a sort of a magical symbol for me. Every time I choose a piece to wear to a particular occasion, I immediately recall where and from who I got it. It’s a subtle reminder of the most important events and people in my life. So every time I wear these jewels from the new PANDORA collection, I will think back about my own second Mother’s Day.
I carefully chose the pieces I loved most from this PANDORA collection. I wanted to get something subtle and elegant. This time is linked to Spring, and often associated with the rebirth of nature, and something about this piece really reminded me of this special time. I hope one day little Aveline will read these words of mine and whilst wearing this beautiful and meaningful jewellery herself.