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Childhood memories and my bond with my mother

There is a picture at my parents’ home; my mom is standing there in her olive dress under a pine tree. It is a simple pose, her ordinary hairstyle that she used to wear back then. Yet it shines with elegance and beauty just as everything associated with my mom in my mind.

In that picture she was around 35, the age that I considered “really adult” at the time, and every time I look at that picture, I recall everything I felt back then about her and how it beautifully transformed into our close relationship now.



When I was a child, I saw my mom as the most fascinating woman there was on earth. She was all I wanted to be: smart, beautiful, elegant and mysterious. Even her bedroom was a mystery for me, as we were not allowed to enter it when she wasn’t there. And God forbid we touched any of the precious items standing on her dresser. As you can imagine, the biggest pleasure was to sneak into that room while our parents were away and take all the time I wanted to open the make up sets, go through her jewellery, trying it all on and smelling her incredible perfumes. Well, let me omit the looks she gave me every time she came back home to that. I couldn’t really understand how she understood that I tried her make up until one day about 15 years later someone used my own eye shadow set. All with the wrong brushes and mixing up the colours. Back in my childhood I just thought my mother had extrasensory abilities, which just added up to her mysterious image in my mind. No wonder that my dad was in love with her since they were 11, as they told me.



Apart from all the described above, she has always been a devoted mother. She worked full time and yet always found time to support any hobby we had, any extra curriculum activity we wanted to take up. She has always been caring, loving, protecting, – everything you could just wish for. You can easily imagine my mother has become my role model. I have always wanted to be just as clever, elegant and loving as she was in my eyes.



Even though I moved far away from her, it felt that, despite the distance, we got closer. Now that I have become a mother myself, I miss my mom by my side, and yet she’s the person I call first when I need a piece of advice or want to share something important. It also feels a great responsibility to me – and I bet any mother out there will agree with me – to give our child the best example in life and to be the “right kind of mother” for her. I often think now that I should follow the path of my mom in order to get such a strong bond with Aveline as the one between my mom and me.



Last week, years after I was that excited child looking through my mother’s jewellery box, I was looking through the new PANDORA collection, and imagining presenting my mother with this Luminous Knot Gift Set that reflects her elegance and taste. I know it will be something special that will remind her how much I love and care for her, on this Mother’s Day and always. Just as I will always remember how special she made me feel the day she let me wear her precious earrings from that special box of hers.


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  • Anastasia Ponedelnik

    March 24, 2017 at 6:21 am Reply

    Such a beautiful story! I just love your blog!

    • Madina

      March 26, 2017 at 3:06 pm Reply

      Thank you for your kind words, dear Anastasia! Xxx

  • Alina

    March 24, 2017 at 5:26 am Reply

    I can totally relate. I feel so much more connected to my mother, now that I am a mom also, and understand her so much better. And like your mom, mine is far away and it’s incredibly difficult. Thanks for sharing this lovely note.

    С приветом из Калифорнии,

    Alina |

    • Madina

      March 26, 2017 at 3:08 pm Reply

      Oh, thank you for sharing your experience too! I guess it’s difficult for all the children to live far away from parents, especially if you have a great connection with them… I am though grateful that there is internet that makes the distance a little shorter and a little more bearable! 🙂
      Greetings to California! Xx

  • Rebecca

    March 24, 2017 at 1:42 am Reply

    Beautiful. I always do a pandora charm for my grandma and my sister and I want to start this tradition with my mom too 💗

    • Madina

      March 24, 2017 at 2:11 am Reply

      This is such a great tradition, Rebecca! Thank you for the tip, it might be a lovely thing for us to do for our mom too! Xxx

  • Masha

    March 23, 2017 at 8:39 pm Reply

    Oh I loved reading about your mom , she sounds just like mine. And I was also never allowed to play with her make up or go through her things. Love the pieces you chose for her , so timeless and elegant ❤

    • Madina

      March 23, 2017 at 11:50 pm Reply

      Thank you for your kind words, dear Masha! Now that we are mothers too I guess we understand those bans on make up and jewellery much better 😉

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