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and heart of
"DON T UNDERESTIMATE THE
privilege and importance of
motherhood," advises Singleton mother
and grandmother, Ruth Dunn. "You are
preparing, teaching and guiding the
citizens of the future.
"It's important to show your love for your
children from the moment you bring them
home. They have to know they are loved.
It's also important to encourage them in
their own ideas, to affirm them."
Do you have any thoughts about
I always enjoy it. It's a day to remember
and celebrate the love of our own
mothers which was poured into our
hearts. It's a day for family gatherings.
Your favourite CD?
Last Christmas, my daughter, Catherine,
gave me a CD of herself singing. She
sang the song "Silver Hair and Heart of
Gold". I used to sing a lot when I was
nursing many years ago and I recorded
myself singing the same song for
A new skill you'd like to master?
I'd like to write my memoirs. We've
been fortunate to be able to travel -- to
Lourdes, Medjugorje, Paris and Rome and
I'd also like to write about some of our
Has there been a significant turning
point in your life?
Marriage and motherhood.
How have these changed you?
What have you learned?
I had to take time to work out my
priorities. We don't get any training for
marriage and motherhood and I think we
should. It would make it easier.
At times marriage and motherhood are
very demanding roles. There's not very
much time for oneself. You have to accept
that and learn selflessness.
My husband Michael is very loving and
supportive. Yet we were two very different
people learning to live in a harmonious
and loving way. It takes time and work.
What do you find most fulfilling about
being a mother?
I always love being able to encourage my
children, to promote and support their
dreams, to try and assist them in making
their dreams a reality. We all get along
very well and enjoy each other's company.
There's a lot of laughter when we're
A significant person in your life?
My mother, Sarah Kelly, a woman of great
faith and self-sacrifice. She was always
so loving. I don't think I ever remember
her being angry with me.
What worries you about our society?
I'm really saddened by the abortion rate
which is increasing. I read recently that
Australia has one of the highest rates
in the western world, at about 100,000
What worries you about our church?
I'm sad to see the absence of
young families attending Mass.
I wish they would come. The older
members of the community need
the younger members. When
they come to Mass it's a different
atmosphere. It's beautiful. They bring
What gives you hope?
When I'm feeling down, I think of
the promise of Jesus: "I will be
with you always, until the end of the
world." That's very comforting
Whenever I see young children I realise
we're very fortunate to have them. They
are a great treasure.
How would you like to be
As a loving wife and mother, delighted
in and very proud of my husband,
Michael, our five adult children and
By CATHERINE MAHONY
A mother of five reflects as Mothers' Day approaches.
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