Monday, May 14, 2007

Thank goodness

Mother’s Day could have gone either way. Taking the events of last week into consideration, with Aunt Marie and Grandma over, dinner could have easily tipped to ugly.

It didn’t. Thank goodness.

We started off the day with coffee and presents for Mom.

As I’ve said before, Mom is impossibly difficult to shop for. That being said, I think that Meg and I did a better job of buying Mother’s Day presents than we ever have. Nothing overly fancy, but all presents that she actually liked (!): Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food cookbook, Elizabeth Berg’s latest novel, a doublewide chaise lounge for the deck and an adorable necklace and the chicest reusable grocery bags (both from Hurrah, hurrah.

I went skating, Mom did schoolwork, Meg went to the gym, Dad puttered around the house.

And then it was time to get down to business.

The kids made dinner.


The Moms were so pleased. And they weren’t just appeasing us, either. We made a legitimately good, moderately healthy, somewhat classy meal. Dad barbequed ribs, we handled the appetizers (an artichoke dip and baked brie) and the rest of the meal: green beans with shallots, roasted asparagus, roasted potatoes, fruit salad and a tomato and mozzarella salad. Anna baked an apple crisp for dessert; Meg and I made a flourless chocolate cake.

It was really simple and really nice. We sat on the deck in the sun; we watched the Pistons and Red Wings games. Mom helped Anna study for her nursing boards. We spent time together that didn’t involve deep wounds and tears. Aunt Louise and her family were mentioned, but they were not dwelled on.

Mother’s Day was the Mother’s Day that they all needed.

That dinner was served at precisely our 7:00 pm estimation was just a plus.


Amy said...

That sounds absolutely perfect for absolutely everyone! I think on Mother's Day, the best part (for me) is knowing that all the people around me are happy and loved, and you celebrated that happiness and love in grand style! Hats off to you and Meg (and Dad!)

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