In Britain today is Mothers Day (Or Mothering Sunday).
These fabulous roses are deep deep red but the camera is not playing.
My own mother was dreadful. I cannot remember even one instance of affection.
I very nearly never became a mother. Two ectopic pregnancies, miscarriages and finally IVF later I gave birth to a baby girl (20 years ago , tomorrow). It still brings tears to my eyes to realise how lucky I am.
My best present this morning were the words on her card 'you are the best mother I could ask for'. I had a lousy role model so I'm very lucky to have got it right.
Spare a thought today for all the women you know without children, some through choice (though some just say this to avoid discussion), some because the magic of conception just hasn't happened.