What I learned from my mum

Looking back, here is what I have learned from my mum.

Mums and daughters have up and down relationships. I am sure that my mum will tell you I was a massive pain in the beeeeehind when I was growing up. I always knew better than her, thought she was making my life tough and never understood how many sacrifices she made for me.

It is only now at age 44 and she 76 that I can see the truth.

Mum gave up a life in Sri Lanka to come across to Australia to give my brother and me a better life. She gave up a pretty fantastic life where she had nannies, cooks and people to help her. She came here with no house, no job and no job prospects. But we never went without. We were always fed and looked after. I have very fond memories in the 70’s of a pair of pants in bright red with huge white flowers on them that she made for me. She soon because a fantastic seamstress and took on sewing at home as Dad worked two jobs to get his accountant’s qualifications.

I watched in awe as she looked after our house and made it a place of warmth and love. She raised me to be independent. I sometimes equated this to not caring, but it is in fact this independence that has made me who I am today.

She told me when she thought I was around people that were no good for me, which I equated to being painful. In hindsight, those people were not good for me.

But let’s go to now. My Mum has helped me gain back my music – something which I had though was long lost when I had my kids – something that runs through my veins. You see for the last five years most weekends on a Friday or Saturday night, she would come and look after the kids so I could live out my passion of singing.

It is only now, at this very moment, that I can say…I have never loved my Mum more.

So my suggestion, if you are lucky to have your Mum on this earth, tell her you love her. If you have a Mum who has passed over, light a candle bright for her and remember all the beautiful things that she has done for you.

When I grow old – I want to be just like my Mumma.

Namaste Lovelies, till next time


Laurainne Marshall (AKA Lo) lives in Sydney, Australia with her 2 kids, Hayley and Jamie, and her soul mate of over 30 years, Graham. Their furbaby is a beautiful Groodle  named Jarrah.
Laurainne has many roles - Wife, Mother, Teacher and Musician. She believes that life is to be lived at full throttle and is deeply spiritual. Her motto is “Grab life and run.” She also believes one person can make a difference in this world and hopes that by sharing her life experiences, she might inspire a few people along the way.
When she is not teaching through the week, you can find Lo belting out 80s hits in her band Soundproofed. You can follow the band on Facebook.

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