Happy 70th Birthday Mum! #MumIs70

It gives me great pleasure to tell you that today is a very special day.

You’ve already read about Lil Man and his birthday. And the fact that he was born on my mother’s 55th birthday – a present I couldn’t ever surpass.

Well, today is her 70th birthday!

It is a tough time to have a big birthday, especially since we aren’t even near them, and I can’t go and do a driveby celebration, but I know you will all help me to celebrate with her.

My mum is the absolute best person in the world. She is an amazing woman with the hugest heart.

My Beautiful Mum ❤

Born into a family with parents who were pretty forward thinking for their time, my mum was given the best education, including an British boarding school, in Kenya, where she was born, and then university in Bath. (She even briefly knew Mary Berry!)

She married my Pops, an arranged marriage, and started a totally different life. My Pops’ family is different. A great bunch, but maybe, at that time, not so forward thinking. So Mum settled into the life of a housewife, living in an extended family with no parent’-in-law, but plenty of sisters’-in-law (Pops has a HUGE family) and kids all over the show!

After marriage

They moved to England in the early 70’s and as Pops settled into his dentistry, saving to buy their own first home, Mum found a job in the Civil Service, but was never able to start it, as she fell pregnant with me! A decision was made between them both then, that mum would be a stay at home mum, to look after the family and home, while Pops was the breadwinner. That was the norm in those days.

I’m in her tummy, there!

Cue many years of being mum and house wife, as my brother entered the scene, as well as many other members of our family. Our home became a place where people started to send their kids when they were of a certain age, to continue education in Britain, from Kenya, so I had at least eight different room-mates over the years, from cousins my age, to older ones, to some who were having babies and staying with us for the support.

And Mum was there, being surrogate mum to all these different people, as well as being a fantastic mum to us.

Here we both are ❤

As the houseguests lessened, and my brother and I got older, Mum took a job, helping Pops with his dental surgery, and the management.

Then us kids got married, and she became the best grandma ever, to my two children, including Lil Man, who shares her birthday, and to my brother’s two darlings.

The birthday buds!

Mum hasn’t just been key in our lives, but I have many cousins and nephews and neices, who look upon Mum, and Pops as their guides too. Her love is so great that she always welcomes all with open arms, offering love, advice and cake.

She is the best cook, a wonderful baker and she’s a sucker for hoarding things, but I’m not complaining, because mum’s squirreled away things become little treasures for us, when they are brought out! From old materials and clothes, to household gadgets, and hundreds, if not thousands of photos.

But all the time, she never stopped being the biggest support to us all. Mum has always been, and still is, my mentor, my guiding light, and someone I aspire to be like.

I’d like to take this time to ask you all to help me wish my darling mother a very happy 70th birthday! Here’s hoping I’ll be able to see her soon, so I can give her the biggest hug ❤

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91 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. H.R.R. Gorman
    Jul 03, 2020 @ 00:08:57

    Happy Birthday to Ritu’s Mum! She sounds like a really cool lady!

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  2. Marje @ Kyrosmagica
    Jul 02, 2020 @ 17:26:31

    Aww, such a lovely post about your mum Ritu. Like you I am really close to my mum – and my dad. Your mum sounds like a wonderfully special lady, hope she had a great day for her 70th.

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  3. Tangie T. Woods
    Jul 02, 2020 @ 13:40:29

    Beautiful story. Happy Birthday to your Mother. Have a wonderful day.

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  4. Jennie
    Jul 01, 2020 @ 14:10:46

    Wait… 70? My age??? No way!!! Happy Birthday to your Mum.

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  5. charlypriest
    Jun 30, 2020 @ 20:41:40

    Wonderful tribute and as always hope you are doing good, and no sleeping while teaching…..

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  6. Maria Mocha
    Jun 30, 2020 @ 02:11:07

    Your mom is beautiful. Happy Birthday to her and your son.

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  7. Yiena
    Jun 30, 2020 @ 01:56:31

    May she live long, happily and healthily! Wish her a very happy birthday! 🎉🎉🎉 💝🙈

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  8. pranabaxom
    Jun 30, 2020 @ 00:56:32

    Happy birthday to your mom and your li’l man, Ritu and many happy returns of the day.

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  9. Rae Longest
    Jun 29, 2020 @ 22:36:31

    Hi Rhitu’s Mom. Happy Birthday. You are the second-best-mom in the world–right after my MOM. I miss her.

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  10. Erika
    Jun 29, 2020 @ 19:50:59

    What a beautiful woman! Happy Birthday with all my heart 💖

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  11. Shivangi
    Jun 29, 2020 @ 18:59:11

    She is so beautiful! Happy birthday to her🎂

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  12. OIKOS™-Publishing
    Jun 29, 2020 @ 18:59:09

    Happy Birthday, to the mother of a wonderful daughter, teacher, writer and caretaker for Sonu. Lol
    Its true, you are looking like her, Sis!
    Happy Birthday to LilMan too. Had you written about earlier? Sorry, seems i forgot.

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  13. syl65
    Jun 29, 2020 @ 18:55:37

    Happy birthday to your wonderful, sweet and dear Mum🤗💖

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  14. Miriam Hurdle
    Jun 29, 2020 @ 18:49:47

    Happy birthday to your mum, Ritu. She is beautiful and wonderful!

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  15. dennyho
    Jun 29, 2020 @ 18:06:49

    A wonderful tribute! And your mum is stunning in her pink sari (?) in her younger years. Very beautiful.

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  16. robbiesinspiration
    Jun 29, 2020 @ 17:56:19

    This is such a lovely post, Ritu. Happy birthday to your mum.

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  17. Darlene
    Jun 29, 2020 @ 17:27:39

    Your mom and your son have the same birthdate! How wonderful. You win the prize for giving your mom the best gift ever. Happy BIrthday to your wonderful mom. She sounds amazing!! xo

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  18. dearanonymousfriend
    Jun 29, 2020 @ 16:17:06

    Happy Birthday Ritu’s Mum! What a wonderful woman you are, even without this post I knew that from the little I know Ritu. She is such a precious person and I hope one day to meet her in person, and from what I said about Ritu, the only way she could possibly know how to be who she is, is because of a mother who was a shining example to her. I, too, had a quarantine big birthday, 65, and so I hope you have a wonderful day, filled with lots of long distance love, hugs and loving memories to think on.

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  19. johnrieber
    Jun 29, 2020 @ 16:12:53

    Your house is filled with celebration these days! Bravo to you and your family!

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  20. John W. Howell
    Jun 29, 2020 @ 14:12:37

    Terrific post. Happy Birthday to Mum.

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  21. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Jun 29, 2020 @ 13:21:22

    Happiest of birthdays to your loveryl Mum! And MANY more! ❤

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  22. truthisacommodity
    Jun 29, 2020 @ 11:55:36

    Happy Birthday to your mother ! 🙂

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  23. willowdot21
    Jun 29, 2020 @ 11:52:15

    Happy Birthday Ritu’s Mum have a great day you are a wonderful woman 💜

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  24. Mary Smith
    Jun 29, 2020 @ 11:14:13

    A lovely post in tribute to your wonderful mum. Happy Birthday – hope it’s a really special one.

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  25. MarinaSofia
    Jun 29, 2020 @ 11:14:04

    She sounds amazing – a very happy birthday to your Mum! And to your little Man – same age as mine, who also turned 15 this month.

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  26. Colin Z Smith
    Jun 29, 2020 @ 08:51:05

    A very happy birthday to a wonderful lady.

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  27. The V Pub
    Jun 29, 2020 @ 08:43:37

    She is beautiful. Happy Birthday!

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  28. The Story Reading Ape
    Jun 29, 2020 @ 08:29:47

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY RITU’s MUM 🎉🎂🎉

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  29. potatosandwich
    Jun 29, 2020 @ 08:12:59

    Happy birthday auntieji 🙏🙏

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  30. H.R Phoenix, Author
    Jun 29, 2020 @ 08:07:46

    Happy birthday to your mum!
    ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

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  31. TanGental
    Jun 29, 2020 @ 07:39:11

    Happy birthday Ritu’s Special One. Sounds like my mum in many ways whose array of jobs is extraordinary yet we never properly acknowledge them. Housewife and mother covers a multitude of skills making her one of those domestic polymaths we should all aspire to be. Your mum is the sort who should be receiving a gong from Her Maj -an OBE – Ordinary But Extraordinary!

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  32. petespringerauthor
    Jun 29, 2020 @ 07:03:56

    Show me a person with a stable family foundation, and I’ll show you a happy person. What a blessing to have such great parents!

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  33. HappySoul
    Jun 29, 2020 @ 07:00:40

    Wow! That’s such a sweet post ! Loved reading it …

    And she is so beautiful ❤️
    A very happy 70th bday to her 😊

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  34. faithfullyyours2017
    Jun 29, 2020 @ 06:54:15

    how nice ritu that your son shares your mom’s birthday!!! Pls wish her all the very best on her 70th birthday…My dad too celebrated it last year….

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  35. thoughtsnlifeblog
    Jun 29, 2020 @ 06:32:37

    A beautiful tribute. It is quite sad women in certain generations in any indian culture weren’t always allowed to get an education. Or if they they in their parents home, they couldn’t do much with it when they got married. I know your mum’s case is different.

    My mum also studied back in the day in India. She got married to dad in kenya. We came here in the early 70’s .

    But in Kenya, girls still don’t always get an education, or opt not too.

    I side track. Your mum is a star and so is your dad. You have written such wonderful tributes to them. Heart warming.

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  36. Sue Vincent
    Jun 29, 2020 @ 06:32:14

    A beautiful lady, in every way. x

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