Call Your Mother
Don't forget to spend time with your mom this Mother's Day.
In the last few months, my mother and I have taken a couple of trips to New York City, shared long discussions about relationships, books, and celebrity weddings. Recently, we’ve begun taking walks together.
It takes my mother and I about an hour to walk from her townhouse to the Annapolis City Dock. During this walk, we catch up on our week. For me, I speak more freely when I am walking. For her, she seems to listen a little more carefully. So, we talk. We spend time together. Last week, it was a late Tuesday afternoon.
Last month when my parents left for a much need vacation in Florida, I spent those 10 days taking care of my 91-year-old grandmother. I learned that each Sunday during her youth, her mother made “franks and beans” as she refers to them.
So, that Sunday I boiled a hot dog, heated up some beans and sliced up a fresh tomato. She was thrilled. On a random weekend in March, I reminded my grandmother of evenings she spent as a child in Worcester, MA.
She cleaned her plate, which is a true feat for my grandmother. You know what else she did? She told me about the gloves she’d wear to mass on Sundays, her many trips to Manhattan piano bars and the glass bottles of milk that were delivered to the front doorstep during her youth. As she spent time talking with me during the week my parents were gone, I really got to know a part of my grandmother that existed before me.
My feeling toward Mother’s Day is much like my feelings regarding Valentine’s Day and Earth Day; we should acknowledge things like recycling, love, mothers and grandmothers more than once a year. This could mean anything—a letter, a long walk or just a phone call on a Wednesday night to say hello.
If you want to go a little more extravagant this Sunday, check out the three-hour brunch sail on the Schooner Woodwind. The actual brunch is sold out, but there are still seats available. Plus, there are a number of places to grab a bite after you dock:
- Dessert is always a plus, but Maria’s in downtown Annapolis is offering something a little different for moms this Sunday. If you bring your mother to Maria’s on Mother’s Day she will receive a complementary rose.
- Breeze Restaurant in the Loewes Hotel has three seatings for their Mother’s Day Brunch buffet; 12 noon, 2:15, and 4:30. It’s $38.95 for adults, $19 for children’s between 6-12, and free or children under five. This makes it pretty affordable for the grandchildren to come celebrate too.
My mom enjoys our New York trips together and our debates on Reese Witherspoon's wedding dress. She loves gossiping on the phone with my older sister, shopping with her granddaughter, playing video games with her grandson and each time my father brings her flowers they are displayed in the middle of the living room with great pride.
So, why not take those mid-week walks or make those random phone calls just to talk about the weather? Ask your grandmother to tell her about the Sunday suppers she enjoyed all those years ago. These amazing women gave us our lives, Annpolitans. The least we can do keep is keep them involved in it.
Editor's note: This column, which normally runs on Mondays, is running Tuesday this week due to breaking news earlier in the week.