Isolated life at The Lodge brings the Morrisons closer – The Age

The Morrisons will first celebrate Mother's Day today with Mr Morrison's mother Marion and Jenny's mother Beth. Both women have spent isolation with the family at The Lodge, which Mrs Morrison said helped her worry less about them.

While Abbey and Lily have enjoyed having their grandmothers around, the multi-generational household has provided an "interesting dynamic", Mrs Morrison acknowledged.

Jenny Morrison and her daughters, Abbey and Lily, will return to Sydney this week as school resumes.

"You know, I think we all took some adjusting. I think most families have had to do a lot adjusting to create their new normal at home. That's been a good learning curve for us."

The family has passed time by planting a vegetable patch, cooking and taking walks by Canberra's Lake Burley Griffin.

"The biggest thing [Abbey and Lily] are missing is their friends and just the routine of school but they do a lot of Facetiming and Zoom, so they are in touch a lot of the time," Mrs Morrison said.

Like many parents, Mrs Morrison has been surprised to find that, despite the challenges, the enforced period of isolation has brought with it some benefits.

"I've got to say it's been really nice having that change of life pace," she said. "I've actually quite enjoyed being at home and being around the kids and spending that time not rushing.

"It's challenging, that's not to say it's not challenging, but it's good to be reminded of the stuff that's important in life."

While Mrs Morrison didn't have her hopes set too high for breakfast in bed this Mother's Day, she had no doubt the family's celebration would be special.


The day, along with Father's Day, is particularly special to Mrs Morrison and her husband due to their 14-year battle with infertility, during which she underwent unsuccessful IVF treatment before having surgery for endometriosis. She then fell pregnant naturally.

"Mother's Day for me for a very, very long period of time was a really sad time and I actually really didn't like it because it just brought up all those things inside of me that were really difficult and that made me sad," she said.

"So when the babies came along, yes, I loved Mother's Day from then because I could share in it. It was really special, it was a reminder of the journey we had to get these little ones."

Letitia Rowlands is Parenting Editor at

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