Karen Cannard: A day of disruptive thinking

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I knew this Mothers’ Day would be an emotional one. Not only am I still missing my own mother since she passed away just three months ago, but Sunday was the 40th anniversary of my dad’s death too.

A huge part of me wanted to be left alone, to wallow and revert to a being a small child without responsibilities, except that I have the huge responsibility of being a mother myself and it wouldn’t do to hide myself in a cave on Mothers’ Day.

But I didn’t want to be waited on, or indulged or have my emotions tiptoed around for fear of them breaking free. I needed to get away and take the family on an adventure. An adventure that would satisfy their sense of fun and curiosity and one that would distract me from my own thoughts.

I was in the mood for some disruptive thinking.

So I took them to the Science Museum, London’s very own cavern of curiosity and place of tribute to the world’s most disruptive thinkers.

It’s easy to take this stuff for granted, but whenever I get close to the history of inventions I look in wonder at the mathematical models that have led to some great engineering and design, the awesomeness of space exploration as well as the technologies that have paved the path for today’s amazing innovations. I may not understand how it works but I am fascinated all the same, grateful for the great minds that have demonstrated application, persistence and creativity. I guess that last sentence could apply to motherhood too.

Mothers’ Day was most definitely a different kind of celebration this year and was very much needed.

I remembered my mum but took time to enjoy my own children. They loved it and thankfully, my day of disruptive thinking wasn’t too disruptive.