Sue Hart on Mother's Day

Posted 9 May 2019 10:44am

To honour Mother’s Day, we asked Sue Hart (Grant, 1972) to give us her thoughts on what the day means to her.

Sue's association with CGGS began in 1971, joining the School in Year 11 and becoming School Vice Captain and Kilburn Swimming Captain in 1972. Her two daughters, Madeleine (2000) and Stephanie (2005) joined the school in 1996. Sue was appointed to the School Board in 2000. She was previously a member and Deputy President of the P&F and President of the Grammarians' Association. Sue runs her own successful secretariat and governance services business, following careers in federal politics and the public service.

Here's what she had to say…

I don’t remember my first Mother’s Day as a mother. It was on 8 May 1983 and my daughter Madeleine was 3 months and 8 days old; I think I was just realising that she would probably survive despite my best efforts to the contrary as a terrified new mother. By Mother’s Day 1988 we had been joined by Stephanie who was a whole 4 1/2 months old and I was much more relaxed about being a mother and probably had a much better day.

Growing up, Mother’s Day was celebrated and we have continued the practice as best as we can, somehow working around the wide range of activities of a largish family with lots on. Mother’s Day celebrations in our family span four generations, ranging in age from 89 to 4 and encompass a happily blended family.

Some things haven’t changed much over the years: the crafty things that children do for their mums in their early years, in daycare and school; the attempts to get breakfast for mum and mum’s attempts to avoid having it served in bed. I delight in watching my children being mums on Mother’s Day and get to share in it as a grandmother, mother and daughter. I am very grateful to still have my mum to share the day with us all and plan to do the same with my great grandkids.

Sue Hart
8 May 2019

Photo above: Sue Hart with her daughter Madeleine, at the Generations Breakfast on Monday, 6 May 2019.