This Sunday, the 11th of March we celebrate Sul y Fam / Mothering Sunday / Mother’s day. So I thought I’d throw out some vocabulary for those of you who feel like celebrating in Welsh.
In Wales we tend to say Mam, as would Scousers, rather than Mum.
Grandmother - Nain [nine] - northern
Grandmother - Mamgu [mam-gee] - southern
Aunt - Modryb [mod-rib]
Godmother - Mam Bedydd [mam bed-deeth]
Celebrate - Dathlu [dath-lee]
Gift - Anrheg [an-hreg]
Flowers - Blodau [blod-aye]
Bouquet - Tusw [tis-soo]
Card - Cerdyn [ker-din]
Chocolates - Siocledi [shock-leddie]
Wine - Gwin [goo-een]
Lunch - Cinio [ kin-yo]
Dinner/Supper - Swper [soop-err - short ‘oo’ sound]
Surprise - Syrpreis [sir-praise]
Love - Cariad [kar-yad]
Hug - Cwtsh [kootch]
Kiss - Sws [soos - short ‘oo’ sound] more northern
Kiss - Cusan [kiss-anne] more southern and formal
Remember - Cofio [kov-yo]
Memory - Atgof [at-gov]
To miss - Methu [meth-thee]
and one that needs no explanation - Hiraeth [hear-eyeth]
Any other phrases or terms that you would like to know then please tell me and I’ll do my best to help!
I’r rhai sydd wedi mabwysiadu. - To those who have adopted.
I’r rhai sy’n aros ac yn dyheu. - To those who wait and yearn.
I’r rhai sydd wedi caru a cholli. - To those who have loved and lost.
I’r rhai sydd wedi dyheu ond wedi methu. - To those who have longed for but failed.
I’r rhai sydd wedi ein gadael. - To those who have left us.
I’r rhai sy’n magu plant i eraill. - To those raising the children of others.
I’r rhai sy’n fam i bawb. - To those who are mothers to everyone.
I’r rhai sy’n maethu. - To those fostering.
I’r rhai sy’n gofalu. - To those who are carers.
I’r Neiniau. - To the Grandmothers.
I’r Modrybedd. - To the Aunts.
I’r Llysfamau. - To the Stepmother.
I love this card and its inclusivity.
Though we all had mothers, not all of us had wonderful relationships with them; neither do we have lovely memories of them after they pass. But we can acknowledge that they were our mothers and try not to judge.
Though most women want to be mothers, some of us realize early on that it’s best for us and for everyone else if we aren’t. But it doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy other people’s children. I’m quite enamored of your two, and follow their doings with great interest. But I’m not the one responsible for all the amazing, motherly, and often difficult, sleep-depriving things that you do, and for that, my hat’s off to you (I suppose a case of virtual vino won’t hurt, either )
Don’t mind me; it’s in the wee hours of the morning and I’m waxing philosophical.
This is brilliant - and thought-provoking - diolch o galon @CatrinLliarJones
I’m reviving this old thread in the hope it will be of use to some of you, as it’s Mother’s Day this Sunday the 13th.