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MOTHER'S DAY, THEN AND NOW

Story ID:9738
Written by:Frederick William Wickert (bio, link, contact, other stories)
Story type:Musings, Essays and Such
Location:Gilboa New York USA
Year:2014
Person:Mother's Day
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MOTHERíS DAY, THEN AND NOW
By Fred Wickert


Today was Motherís Day in 2014. I have been for years, always been well aware of Motherís Day. This year was different because my wife passed away earlier this year. For many years until now we always got a phone call a few days before from our youngest daughter. We arranged when and where to meet for lunch on Motherís day. She brought her kids and sometimes her Mother in law and brought a gift for my wife. I had given a gift of some kind, usually jewelry to her earlier. We brought with us a gify for our daughter. Then I always had to fight with my daughter to see who was going to pay the restaurant bill. I had a hard time making her understand that she too is a mother and she is not supposed to pay. When we had finished a wonderful meal and conversation with her and the grand children, we went out to get in the car. There were always hugs and kisses and pictures taken and then we reluctantly got in our cars and went our own ways.

That didnít happen today as Tae is no longer with us. Oh, I will get a call and an invite to lunch for Fatherís Day with my daughter but it wonít be the same any more. I sent my daughter a Motherís Day card.

Today as I missed all of that and remembered, I also remembered when I was a child what Motherís Day was like back then. Iím not sure but I think it switched around back then because it seems to me each year the President declared which day it was going to be and then later, Congress finally decided to make it permanent.

When I was a boy I remember when it came, Mom and Grandma were given a corsage to pin on before going to church. When they came home from church they took it off and kept it in the fridge for a few days and then out it went.

There is a huge difference between then and now in Motherís Day as there is with just about everything else.


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