Sunday 7 October 2012

ONE Mum Meme

My friend Michelle from Mummy from the Heart has just arrived in Ethopia. She is there with ONE to gather the living proof that international aid is truly making a difference in Ethiopia. I am excited about Michelle's trip with ONE because it is so easy for us in the UK to wonder if what we do truly makes a difference. I am excited to see what she finds.

ONE is different. We are not asking for money. ONE is a grassroots campaigning organisation, that seeks to hold governments accountable for their decisions in regard to aid. ONE is all about voices, using our voice to effect change. By showing that aid is working then this should mean more adherence by governments to the commitments they make. It's easy in a conference to say "yes we will help", but organisations like ONE, to coin a very Australia turn of phrase, are there to "*keep the bastards honest." 

When she tagged me in the ONE Mum meme I was delighted. I saw it over at Claire's blog Seasider in the City during the week, and it was on my to do list, so tagging has given me an extra incentive to get it done!

So Claire has asked us using the ONE Mums slogan to build a little picture of our thoughts on being a mum.

Olympian - being a mum is an Olympian task, huge resposibility requiring a multitude of skills
Neonatal - my experience of a mum, like it or not began in neonatal and that still colours a lot what being a mum is all about, for me.
Energy - to me being a mum is all about positive energy, and using that for good. And parenting a three year old takes a lot of it.
Memories - being a mum means creating memories, and taking time to reflect on those, and use them to build for the future
Universal - so much of being a mum unites us, wherever we are and whatever we do
Magical - from seeing my son grow from a 1lb 7oz tiny little baby to a gigantic 3 year old, seeing him say his first words, take his first steps, it's really magical
Sensational - being a mum is just fabulous. I never expected to be a mum, and its been an amazing journey.

I am cheating just a little, and am tagging the members of my Facebook group in this meme!

* In Australia the word bastard isn't seen in the same light as the UK, and this is a common term of phrase, which I have to admit I quite like. I do apologise if it offends. Try hearing it in an Aussie accent and its not so bad honest!


  1. MidlifeSinglemum7 October 2012 at 15:02

    I love your second paragraph and I may quote you (with a link of course) as I'm also one of Michelle's Ground Support Team. You've described ONE the best yet. Good on yer!

  2. Brilliant Kylie, thanks. You must be one of the quickest ever to jump on a meme!

    Mich x

  3. Ooh Olympian, I love that one! Thanks for joining in!

  4. Not Even A Bag of Sugar7 October 2012 at 21:49

    O was hard, but I liked that one :) Thanks for hosting the meme!

  5. It was on my to do list! You just gave me a shove! Hope all is ok over there! Prayers are with you

  6. I wasn't sure I could get away with bastard but yes I would be honoured!

  7. MidlifeSinglemum8 October 2012 at 13:11

    Kylie, I've quoted you in my post as threatened: Thank you! xxx

  8. Lovely Kylie, you have summed it up so well!