Yesterday, here in the UK, we celebrated Mother’s Day. Although it has become very commercialised over the past few years, it’s a day most mothers treasure. I know I do. Being a mother has defined my life and it is the achievement I am most proud of. To bring a new life into the world and watch that child grow and develop into a wonderful human being is one of life’s greatest joys. Oh, it isn’t all plain sailing – certainly not! There are many hiccups along the way but they are nothing compared to the sheer joy of having a family.

Now my daughter has children of her own and I have the double joy of being a mother and a grandmother. I consider myself very lucky indeed. So to all of you who celebrated being a mother yesterday or will celebrate it in the coming weeks, I hope you derive as much pleasure as I do.P1000952