J.K. Rowling's kind words made Mother's Day easier for some of her fans
J.K. Rowling may be the greatest celebrity on Twitter. On Sunday, she proved once again why she has almost 7 million followers, offering up some kind words for those who were missing their mums on Mother's Day.
Many of us take Mother's Day for granted or laugh it off as just another commercial holiday, but it can be a tough day for those who have lost their mums. Rowling's message serves as a touching reminder to those of us who still have their mums to appreciate them just a little more.
"Today's Mother's Day in the UK. If your mum isn't here to treat, do something nice for yourself, because she's part of you. Take a hug, too," Rowling tweeted.
Her message has been retweeted more than 19,000 times and favourited more than 62,000 times, with fans praising her for her beautiful advice and thoughtful message.
Many fans revealed that they really needed to hear this message.
Rowling herself was unable to spend Mother's Day with her mum, Anne, who died in 1990 from complications stemming from multiple sclerosis. In fact, her mother's death inspired Rowling to launch a charity in her honour, the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic at the University of Edinburgh, which focuses on a "wide range of neurological conditions, especially neurodegenerative diseases."
Rowling has previously spoken out about the profound effect her mother's death had on her. She revealed when speaking as a guest editor on Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4 that it came as an immense shock, The Mirror reports.
"My mother, by the time she was diagnosed, she was quite ill. She had been showing symptoms for a few years and didn't know what they were, so by the time she was diagnosed, her health was deteriorating. So it wasn't just the spectre of the unknown, it was dealing with the daily reality of somebody who's starting not to be able to walk as well as they had, and for such an active person, that was a real privation," Rowling said.