Diana’s Greatest Role

I remember exactly where I was on 31 August 1997. Much like the day the Twin Towers fell, this date is forever etched in history, as the world woke up to the awful news that Princess Diana had died in a car crash in Paris.

I remember the outpouring of grief, the shock, the TV channels gripped by reruns upon reruns of her smiling face next to the mangled car.

In the 20 years since her death, the world remembers her many roles: reluctant princess, humanitarian, fashion icon, celebrity, activist. A Jane of all trades, she mastered them all, but wore one hat more proudly than any other: that of ‘Mother’.

She truly never looked happier or more at peace than when she was with her boys – and the world knows that happiness and peace were two attributes that she deserved more of in her short, often fraught life.

I feel an immense sadness for her children to have been robbed of her love and her influence. But I surely believe that it is precisely due to her early influence and unconditional love that they turned out to be such fine young men.

So on this day, 20 years since her tragic death, let us remember her above all, as the loving, protective mother she was.

“I will fight for my children on any level, so that they can reach their potential as human beings and in their public duties” – Diana Princess of Wales.

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25 Daily Thoughts a Mom of a Toddler might have.

  1. So much to do, so little time


  1. Why won’t she eat her cereal? She loved it yesterday! Why? Why? WHY?


  1. Her laugh makes my heart sing.


  1. Why is she being a little monster today?


  1. My kid is SO smart. Smarter than most kids I know.


  1. Got her to nap for more than 45 minutes! Score! I’m really good at mommying!


  1. Why can’t she just play quietly by herself for a few minutes? I just need 5 minutes. Is that so much to ask for?


  1. Orange juice counts as a serving of fruit. Right?


  1. Her smile could stop traffic.


  1. Being a mom is SO hard. I can’t do this. I just can’t.


  1. My coffee is cold. Again.

Toddler Mom thoughts


  1. She won’t eat her lunch, but wants more Flings. Typical.


  1. I love her SO MUCH.


  1. Why won’t she stop crying?


  1. She’s getting so big. It’s going too fast.


  1. How can a tiny human create so much laundry!?


  1. I need to get her to eat more veggies.


  1. And I thought the new-born stage was hard!


  1. When last did I eat something?


  1. I can’t wait until she’s older and I’ll be her best friend.


  1. If I have to sing the Barney tune one more time, I might die.


  1. Who knew that strawberries and chicken could be eaten together?


  1. I hope I get more than 4 hours of sleep tonight.


  1. Is it too early for wine?


  1. How did I get this lucky?