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Today is that special day when our attention turns toward mothers—young mothers, elderly mothers, and mothers in those in-between years, still shepherding their teens and young adults at home, often helping with young grandchildren, and also worrying about their aging parents. I saw all those kinds of mothers yesterday at a special Mother’s Day Tea at The Fountains.

I was thrilled to have my daughter, Sharon, and her daughters, Emily, Libbey, and Caroline as my guests. Unfortunately, my daughter-in-law, Tonya, discovered she had pneumonia the day before, so she was home in bed, but her daughter, Lily Grace, came with us, too, and we all had a wonderful afternoon together.

 

Festive spring flowers adorned The Fountains’ dining room, and family groups gathered around each table with their “matriarch.” This proud matriarch took a photo of the young women and girls at my table, and I was happy to introduce them to all who came by.

 

Beautiful piano and harp music filled the room as we poured our teas and sampled the tasty treats on our plates: Roasted Artichoke and Spring Asparagus on Wheat Bread; Curry Chicken Salad on Pumpernickel Bread; Smoked Salmon Mouse Canape with Dill; Raspberry Almond Tart; Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Mousse Cup; and Lemon Blueberry Shortbread Cookie.

The owner and community relations director at The Fountains, Ricki Keckley, had recently returned from a visit with her own daughter, and she related how that had given her a new appreciation for mothers. Ricki’s daughter is now recovering from spinal surgery, and for six weeks, the young woman will not be allowed to bend over more than 30 degrees or lift anything heavier than ten pounds. However, her children are only two and four years old, and while caring for them there, Ricki and her husband had their hands full! They enjoyed their lively grandchildren, but they understood once again how busy a young mother’s life must be.

I hope all of you mothers out there are having a happy Mother’s Day today.  I’m thankful to be a mother!

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