Mother's Day has never been more important than this year, with mums across the globe working wonders to balance navigating a global pandemic with caring for their children. One such mum is Laila Bano Rind who will appear later in the year in our production of the musical theatre classic Oklahoma!. Here she speaks about how she has handled motherhood during the COVID-19 crisis and what this Mother's Day means to her.
Best thing about being a mum?
Being a mum can be challenging but also rewarding. There are a number of things that make me appreciate being a mum. I don’t really need an alarm clock to wake me up in the morning anymore; I wake up to giggles, smiles and lots of cuddles - a positive energy to start the day.
I love seeing my 11-year-old son come in my room to play with his baby sister. He cleans her play area early in the morning and prepares all her things so he can have play time with her. It makes me so proud and little Maryam is just an angel, she is so playful and energetic.
In all honesty, it is a blessing having my children during this crisis situation. It keeps me busy and sane. In saying that, sometimes it can be challenging home schooling the eldest, juggling babies needs, and also work. It is important to have a time table to balance the day positively and stay active throughout.
Do you have anything you'd like to say to the mums out there?
This Mother's Day will be quite difficult for some mothers who can’t see their loved ones. When I am out of the state for work it relaxes me to go through photos of my babies and giggle at the funny memories. It makes me feel at ease also face-timing and making a sweet or funny video clips to send to my family to let them know I love them, miss them and that I am ok.