I have an awesome Mamma.
She is a kind lady with a big warm heart and possesses a selflessness that deserves recognition but would never dream to demand it.
I grew up watching her give so much out, even with our modest lifestyle Mum always found ways to pay it forward. She would always donate our toys to the families who needed them more. Of course not our favorites, but if we'd outgrown them or stopped playing with anything for length of time they'd be on their way to a new family.
So when she & Paulie went to Bali last week for a long overdue and well deserved holiday, with my 2 younger sisters, it came as no surprise to me when she told me she was taking 3 suitcases of clothing to an orphanage. 3 suitcases in lieu of their own luggage, which she was limiting to their carry on bags.
It was no surprise, but it still made my heart sing with pride. Awesome big pride for the big heart she has and the lovely lessons she taught me growing up. And the beautiful lesson she has taught my sisters on their first international holiday, that you don't just go to another country and just take, you give back in whatever way you can.