I forgot about Mother's Day earlier this year because it is different in New Zealand and the US (Sunday 13th May this year) to the UK (Sunday 31st March). Fortunately, Father's Day is on the same day in the US and the UK (though NZ's is on 2nd September). Given that I have to submit my Sundays weeks ahead, there is no excuse to make the same mistake.
I feel really lucky I was able to have a fairly free range childhood. I used to go out into the countryside and build dens with my friend when we were only 6 or 7 years old. As long as we came back for meals, it was okay. I rode my bike to the local shop without a helmet. And I climbed a lot of trees. As someone pointed out to me, the child hood mortality rate was a lot higher back then. Part of me thinks perhaps it was worth it.