An 80-year-old will be throwing a Mother's Day party for the other mums at her retirement village as a way of making them feel appreciated.
Wagga matriarch Lida Van Lierop will be giving a flower to each of her fellow mums at Ingenia Gardens, many of whom have not seen their children in a long time due to lockdown.
The Dutch expat has four children, eight grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren, many of whom will be wishing their "oma" happy Mother's Day over Skype on Sunday.
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This year she will be spending Mother's Day in solidarity with just her fellow mums, but usually a few of her children make sure to come to Wagga to pay her a visit.
"You know what surprises me? When they come here they look at me at first, and then it's all hugs and kisses, like I've seen them yesterday," Ms Van Lierop said.
"That's what's important when you get older. Really important."
She first visited Wagga in 1969 when her children were still small, the youngest being one years old, the twins been three, and the eldest being five.
They were just passing through on a visit, but the family fell in love with the place the moment they laid eyes on Wagga's cityscape over the horizon.
"We came to Wagga during the night, we came over this hill and we saw all the lights from the city and I thought: 'here is where I want to live," she said.
"Funny isn't it? I just had a nice feeling about it, so we've been here all this time."
Another Wagga mum who will be celebrating Mother's Day is Nabiha Koriaty, who has three children and dozens of informally "adopted" children around town.
Over the years she has been the mother figure for countless people who come to her shop on Baylis Street in search of help, advice, or some old-fashioned maternal love.
One of them was a 16-year-old boy who suffered from depression and drug addiction, and with some tough love she managed to turn his life around and land him a job at a fruit market.
Others include a New Zealander, an Indian, several Yazidi refugees, and an Australian man who suffered from severe depression.
"I'm not here to make money. When you help someone you feel like you have a million dollars," Ms Koriaty said.
"Doing good things make you happy, money doesn't make you happy."
When she first came to Australia she worked around the clock in order to juggle work and her children, only getting a handful of hours of sleep per night.
She said being a working mum was an exhausting job, but one that she wouldn't trade for the world.
"I used to work two jobs when I first come to wagga. I work in dry cleaner from 3am to 8am, go home prepare my children for school, and from 4pm to 12 midnight I work at the meat factory," Ms Koriaty said.
"I work since I came to Australia. I love working, I never give up I never feel like it's too much. I love my shop, I love my children. "
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