I treated myself to the latest edition of my favourite magazine - Homespun and entered a competition to win a beautiful pack of Robyn Pandolph fabric. The entry question was "Why are the women in your life special?"
It made me think about my mother, who passed away 4 years ago as a result of breast cancer. We were very different people and did not get along for a long time. Our relationship started to improve after the birth of my first child, shortly after which she became ill.
I never thought of her as special before that, but as her illness progressed and she had setback after setback a new part of her shone through. Courage. Immense courage. Although it was very hard towards the end, she never gave up. She became (and still is) an inspiration to me.