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Mother’s Day 2016

Mother’s Day was a great day. The weather was beautiful, and the sun was out for the majority of the day, when it hadn’t been seen in a week. It was also on the warm side for a change.

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At 10:00 a.m., I walked to my mom’s house with balloons, a card, and a box of pastries in hand. I also brought her an Italian hoagie that I had bought the day before to benefit a local fire company. She thought the Mylar balloons were pretty, one emblazoned with Mother’s Day greetings, and the other announced that she was the best mom. She appreciated the Walmart gift card tucked inside the card, one of her favorite stores. She would get a couple meals out of the hoagie, with a box of baked goods for dessert. In the refrigerated box were cannolis, eclairs, and cream puffs. These treats were sure to satisfy her sweet tooth, at least for a while anyway.

Our first stop was to the mailbox to send off some of her bills, then on to the bank, which didn’t open for another half hour when we were there. We decided we would stop again after we were done at the mall.

Off we went to Bed Bath & Beyond, followed by the local mall. Mom had a gift card for her favorite store, Boscov’s. She exhausted the card on a lot of items she needed, so she was happy. While she was browsing purses, I ran to Starbucks in the middle of the mall for Frappuccinos. Finally finished with Boscov’s, we returned to the bank.

You may be wondering why our day didn’t start with breakfast. I would have taken her for Mother’s Day, but my brother made dinner reservations at a steakhouse our mom likes for 3:00 p.m. Yes, 3:00 p.m., a full hour before what I call “old people hour,” which is 4:00 p.m. This isn’t to knock the early birds; I would prefer to eat at 4:00 p.m. if I didn’t get home at 6:00 p.m. every day.

My brother endured much ribbing over this. Mom’s day of shopping had to be curtailed because we went to the restaurant location close to my brother’s house, about 45 minutes away. My better half, not a morning person by any stretch, had to see the new Marvel movie at 9:30 in the morning, to be sure he would be home in time to leave for dinner. Do they even sell popcorn that early, and if they do, who would want it? He had a bagel before he left.

We met my sibling at the restaurant and it was packed at 3:00 p.m. I guess a lot of people in the area had the same idea. The four of us feasted on an onion appetizer before devouring steak, chicken, and ribs. We left the place with full bellies, even if they would growl a bit later due to the early meal time.

We stopped at my brother’s house on the way home to visit with his four dogs. After that it was more Starbucks for the trip home.

Mom turned 75 on April 26. It wasn’t so long ago that we thought we would lose her. Being able to spoil her on her special day was a gift to all of us.

I had a nice surprise when I got home that night. My furkids had gotten me a lovely Mother’s Day card, as well as three charms to start a new Pandora bracelet. I love my family, human and non-human alike.

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