UNCONDITIONAL LOVE: Leisa Martin with granddaughter Summer McKelvey.
UNCONDITIONAL LOVE: Leisa Martin with granddaughter Summer McKelvey. Teilah McKelvey

LOVE: Woman thanks mum who chose her after tragedy

JUST in case anyone didn't notice all the merchandise in the stores, I thought I would remind you that it's Mother's Day this Sunday.

I am one of the lucky ones who has been blessed with not one, but two mums in my lifetime.

One who birthed me into this world and loved me unconditionally until her passing when I was quite young, and one who courageously took on the role of raising me as her own.

My paternal aunt, Leisa - now known fondly as Mum or Ma and lovingly as Nanny - has been a pillar of strength and support my whole life. Someone who has instilled a strong sense of morals and a caring nature, and a person who keeps my somewhat flighty personality grounded.

I can say without a doubt I have tested the bounds of relationship with my hormonal teen years, my adventurous early 20s and the endless phone calls needing advice as a new mum myself.

 

Teilah's stunning snap of dear friend Sam Bradfield, mum to Taylen, taking time to enjoy life's simple pleasures.
Teilah's stunning snap of dear friend Sam Bradfield, mum to Taylen, taking time to enjoy life's simple pleasures. Teilah McKelvey

But not once did she falter. Mum, I am forever grateful for all you have done and all that you do for me and our family.

I now have two little blessings of my own, Summer and Charlie, who both now get to experience that unconditional love not only from me, but from my mum.

This weekend I implore you to look past the PJs, coffee mugs and socks, and sit down and really take the time to let your loved ones know how much you love and appreciate them.

Be present and enjoy time with them, because time is the one gift you can't return and the one you can treasure for a lifetime.

I have been surrounded with amazing women who have all shared the load of caring and supporting me throughout my life; Grandma, Nanna and friends.

My friends are the family I got to choose. They deserve a special kind of pat on the back.

 

SPECIAL BOND: Leisa Martin, with adoring grandson Charlie McKelvey.
SPECIAL BOND: Leisa Martin, with adoring grandson Charlie McKelvey. Teilah McKelvey

The ones who don't have to take the phone calls of you blubbering because parenting can be challenging. The ones who help with your children when days seem shorter. Those who wipe the tears and help you back up - not because they have to, but because they want to.

It's amazing how over the years and through the different cycles of your life, you can appreciate how those who you have chosen to surround yourself with have helped shape the person you are today.

From old friends with who, despite distance and the time between chats, it feels like yesterday you only spoke. To new friends who, in their own special way, bring happiness and laughter with them. I think it's important to recognise and appreciate the effort those around you put in, support and love is a two-way street.

The saying "your vibe attracts your tribe" always resonates with me and I am forever grateful to those who chose to be in my life, who love and support not only myself but my children and share the laughter and light.

So this Mother's Day, make sure you remind the ones who matter what they really mean to you. Tell them why you appreciate them and smother them with love. Hug a little longer, laugh a little louder, love a little stronger. T x

 

Teilah will spend this Mother's Day focused on family, which includes friends - her
Teilah will spend this Mother's Day focused on family, which includes friends - her "chosen family" - like Paula West. Teilah McKelvey


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