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Krystal Sellars: Mums would love ‘gift of time’ for Mother’s Day

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As I sit writing this column in my Barbie-strewn living room, I am reminded of an anecdote from my own childhood.

Our beloved blue-and-yellow budgie, Parramatta, learned how to say ‘Pick up your Barbies’- imitating the call my mum would often make to me and my sisters (those of you who know me probably can’t believe it’s taken me until my third column to refer to Barbie. So here goes).

Having watched Barbie yet again on a recent road trip, and with Mother’s Day approaching this month, there is a quote from the film that I’ve been reflecting on.

In one of the movie’s most poignant moments, Barbie’s creator Ruth Handler says: “We mothers stand still so our daughters can look back to see how far they have come”.

It made me think about how much I really appreciate the sacrifices my mum made for me and my sisters – and everything she does now for us and her grandchildren – and to reflect on what I have done, or may have to do in the future, for my daughter.

Am I standing still? Probably not (see: many hats). But, in recent years I have made some big changes in my life simply to spend more time with my daughter.

Having watched Barbie yet again on a recent road trip, and with Mother’s Day approaching this month, there is a quote from the film that I’ve been reflecting on..

Krystal Sellars

From the stay-at-home mums to those who are presidents (because as Gloria says in the movie, it’s OK to just want to be a mum, or to be a mum who is president), I think the one thing all mothers would like for Mother’s Day is the gift of time. (And for heaven’s sake, pick up your Barbies – or whatever the equivalent may be.)

Of course, Mother’s Day can be a difficult time for many people – those who have lost their mothers; the mothers who have lost a child, and those who long to become a mother.

To those who are grieving, my thoughts are with you.

May also means it’s time for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, the annual Cancer Council fundraiser.

Come along to Cessnock Leagues Club on Wednesday 8 May from 10am to noon, enjoy a cuppa and cake in the lounge, or grab a to-go box to take back to your workplace. All proceeds help Australians impacted by cancer. Find out more at biggestmorningtea.com.au.

  • Late mail: The Cessnock Stomp Festival has been rescheduled until Sunday 6 April, 2025. Save the date for this fantastic day of wine, food and fun for the whole family.

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