Happy Mother's Day Open Thread

Happy Mother's Day to All. What's Mothers' Day without pictures of the kids who made us mothers? Here are some of my favorites of the TL kid and me, in chronological order:

1982: Denver


2002: Florence, Italy

2006: Amsterdam

(If you're wondering whose head is cut off at the bottom, it's Ezra Klein, full photo here.)

2013: (Bon Jovi Concert, Denver)

One more of my favorite babies: The first Baby Kos, Ari. What a cutie.

Mother's Day is so universal. Everyone has or had a mother, and almost everyone else is a mother, is looking forward to being a mother, is married to a mother, or has a sister or sister-in-law who is a mother.

To all mothers reading this, we wish you a Happy Mother's Day. If your mom is still around, be thankful, and don't forget to call her. Even if she's not, you can still take out a photo or look up at the sky and tell her hello. Wherever she is, she's probably thinking of you too.

Enjoy the day, this is an open thread, all topics welcome.

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    Beautiful pictures-you both look so happy in them. (5.00 / 8) (#1)
    by Dr Molly on Sun May 12, 2013 at 07:27:20 AM EST
    I'm getting a pretty awesome Mother's Day present today - my boy's college graduation.

    Happy Mother's Day to all.

    Enjoy! Dr. Molly. I'll never forget that day (5.00 / 4) (#5)
    by Towanda on Sun May 12, 2013 at 11:10:01 AM EST
    as getting there did not come easily for my son -- and so, the grin on his face, from far across the arena, forever is one of my favorite memories.

    He sent me tulips this year, not roses, a few days ago -- ahead of his arrival here for a wonderful weekend, already.  And Towanda Dotter just called from the road and is on the way, no doubt with another of her mushy cards, which she makes herself.

    I type this at a desk with lots of photos of them as babies, toddlers, teens, etc. . . . but every year is better, too, as they are great grown-ups.


    Although I'm not a mother, (5.00 / 1) (#28)
    by mplo on Sun May 12, 2013 at 09:07:58 PM EST
    i visited my family, and my brother and I pitched in on cooking a home-made brunch for my mom and my sister-in-law, and we all had good food, cheerful conversation, and lots of laughter.  My brother and sister-in-law's kids, 12 and 10, are thriving, and my mom, who's 89 years old (my dad passed away 12 years ago last January from a rare but fatal form of encephalitis.), is doing okay also.  

    It was a fun family reunion.  After a great brunch and get-together, I went for a walk and enjoyed our nice spring weather, went home, payed attention to Aziza (my 3 year old pet Congo African Grey Parrot), and did some other stuff around the house.  

    It was a wonderful day overall.

    I have several showings of my all time favorite movie coming up, including one at one of the only 3 independent, non-profit movie theatres here in our area, and I'm excited about all of them.  With or without anybody, I'll be going.  As weird and crazy as this may sound, that's how i am.


    As my dad would say, your mother comes from (none / 0) (#29)
    by oculus on Sun May 12, 2013 at 11:06:08 PM EST
    "Good stable stock.""  89. Amazing. What is this fave flick?

    Thanks, oculus! (none / 0) (#35)
    by mplo on Tue May 14, 2013 at 02:43:22 AM EST
    Thanks very much for your compliments.  

    Believe it or not, my all time favorite flick is....(ready for this?!?)..

    West Side Story!

    I can never really put a finger on why this 52-year-old classic is my all time favorite flick, but there's something about this great, golden oldie-but-keeper of a classic that keeps me going back to see it again and again. It's the one movie that I never get tired of.  

    To paraphrase the MGM adage:

    "Unlike other classics, West Side Story grows younger"

     It's so true!


    Congratulations! (none / 0) (#3)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sun May 12, 2013 at 10:35:33 AM EST
    I know the feeling well, as we're heading back east for Elder Daughter's graduation next Saturday. You must be so proud of him. It's a big day for you both. Good job, Mom.



    Some great shots (5.00 / 6) (#4)
    by Yman on Sun May 12, 2013 at 10:42:33 AM EST
    Happy Mother's Day to you and all the TL !

    Oops (none / 0) (#21)
    by Yman on Sun May 12, 2013 at 06:33:34 PM EST
    " ... all the TL moms" - (the "swype" and autocorrect on my phone are conspiring).

    Thank you (5.00 / 4) (#7)
    by lentinel on Sun May 12, 2013 at 11:39:55 AM EST
    for sharing those wonderful photographs.

    Happy Mother's day and thank you for TL.

    Happy Mother's Day to all Moms (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by Dadler on Sun May 12, 2013 at 12:58:23 PM EST
    It ain't an easy job. To quote ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, the band not the tv show: "Mama's always on stage."

    Great pics, too, J. Your relationship with your son has always impressed me. Have a great day.

    song link (none / 0) (#12)
    by Dadler on Sun May 12, 2013 at 01:31:33 PM EST
    Happy Mother's Day to all the TL moms! (5.00 / 4) (#13)
    by ruffian on Sun May 12, 2013 at 02:09:09 PM EST
    I have even had the privilege of meeting two in person- oculus and Military Tracy. Hope you are being pampered!

    My own Mom passed away in 1989, at age 61. It seems so long ago- I have almost lived as many years without her now as I had with her. Of course I think of her every day, especially today, and, as I did when she was alive, I hope she only knows about the good things I have done :-) I realized soon after she died that the hardest loss is that unwavering love. For most of us, no matter what we do, who we love, who we marry - no one will ever love us as much as our mother does. I miss that and am thankful I was worshipped as long as I was, even though I did not realize it at the time!

     She was funny, fun, loved to go anywhere and do anything. She had 8 children and lost her two oldest sons, one at age 3 and one at 32, pain she carried with her constantly. She never tried to bury that pain or hide it from us, and it just made us know all the more how much we were also loved. The rest of us grew up knowing how fleeting life can be - she never really tried to to each us anything about that, but it was in her example of keeping on no matter what and enjoying our loved ones whenever possible.

    I am thankful for her good example (and also the few bad examples I learned from too- she knows what they are!)

    A moving tribute. My older daughter and I had (5.00 / 1) (#22)
    by oculus on Sun May 12, 2013 at 06:59:00 PM EST
    lunch at Corner Bakery, a very good transplant from Chicago.

    My mother died at age 57. She my older daughter, her first grandchild. But not the three born after she died. She was a real "kid"  person (kindergarten teacher).  I miss her love and good sense as I raised my two.


    Happy Mothers' Day (5.00 / 3) (#14)
    by Zorba on Sun May 12, 2013 at 02:51:52 PM EST
    to all moms.
    Jeralyn, you looked so very young in 1982!  (But then, didn't we all?)  And let me hasten to add that you still look great!
    Our parish did quite well yesterday with our food booth.  It did rain off and on, but it stopped raining for a couple of hours just at lunch time, fortunately.  I don't have the figures yet for how much we took in, but there weren't all that many leftovers.  Hummus all gone.  Dolmades all eaten up.  Only two pieces of baklava left.  There is chicken souvlaki (uncooked) left over, but we froze those and will cook them at a later time.  Some tzatziki sauce left over.  A few salad greens left, and very little salad dressing.
    All in all, we did better than I expected, given the weather.

    One of my Greek friends serves the most delicious (none / 0) (#23)
    by oculus on Sun May 12, 2013 at 07:02:31 PM EST
    Spanakopita.  Turns out she buys large cartons from the supplier for the Greek Festival. I am trying to insinuate my German self into the supply chain.

    I am assuming (none / 0) (#26)
    by Zorba on Sun May 12, 2013 at 07:57:27 PM EST
    that she is buying the frozen spanakopita triangles, which is what the Greek distributors usually offer.  They are uncooked.  If you manage to get some, keep them in the freezer.  Do not defrost.  Pop them in a preheated 350 oven for about 25-30 minutes until golden.
    We, BTW, make our spanakopita from scratch.  However, we are a small parish with small food festivals and food booths.  If we ever get bigger and our festivals get bigger, we'll be buying the pre-made stuff.

    Yes. Frozen. Huge and really good. (none / 0) (#27)
    by oculus on Sun May 12, 2013 at 08:02:59 PM EST
    Thanks for all the kind comments (5.00 / 2) (#17)
    by Jeralyn on Sun May 12, 2013 at 03:36:48 PM EST
    on the photos. We just finished a barbecue of Peruvian grilled chicken, grilled asparagus and pears, served with a watermelon, cherry tomato and goat cheese salad (the last from the True Food cookbook.) The weather is beautiful here.

    I'm glad so many of you are also having fun Mother's days. It's really nice to take a day off from all the serious stuff going on.

    Happy Mother's Day to Jeralyn and All (5.00 / 3) (#19)
    by womanwarrior on Sun May 12, 2013 at 06:03:59 PM EST
    Thanks for sharing your pictures, Jeralyn.  I was blessed with phone calls from three daughters and one niece today.  It's great to recall all those precious moments.  And I feel for the mothers of Newtown Connecticut and other moms who lost their babies today too.  Let's let Love win.

    Belated Happy Mother's Day... (5.00 / 1) (#32)
    by kdog on Mon May 13, 2013 at 10:29:17 AM EST
    to Jeralyn and all the TL moms.

    I was a busy beaver yesterday hosting not just my dear old moms but a grand total of 4 moms for a Mothers Day BBQ extravaganza...skirt steaks, shrimp skewers, and chicken breasts with mickeys and veggies.

    A gorgeous day for it, a good time had by all...but I'm exhausted! ;)

    Happy Mother's Day, Jeralyn, ... (none / 0) (#2)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sun May 12, 2013 at 10:27:01 AM EST
    ... from a very foggy SoCal. We got up early this morning to go for a walk, but can't even see the driveway from out the back door. We'll wait a few hours until it starts to lift.

    There's no mistaking whose child that is in your photos, because your son looks every bit his mother's boy; the resemblance is quite remarkable. (The eyes and smiles in particular give you both away.)

    Those photos serve to remind us of how very quickly our children do grow up, even as there were undoubtedly those fleeting moments in times past when it seemed like it would be forever before they finally did.

    Then, almost before we've fully realized it, they've fledged and flown from our nests on their own power and volition, and inevitably, our roles and relationships with them evolve accordingly from provider, protector and nurturer to mentor, friend and equal.

    But no matter how many the years are that pass subsequently, they're still our babies. And while we proudly watch them -- sometimes with no small amounts of trepidation -- as they seek and find their own pathways in this world, we know that within each of us as parents, there is an intangible but very real part of them, that little child who will always remain ours, exclusively.

    Enjoy the day, everyone. Aloha.

    Could use some cooling fog (none / 0) (#6)
    by brodie on Sun May 12, 2013 at 11:26:23 AM EST
    in my part of SoCal, only a few miles from the beach.  Sunny and hot already at 9 am, setting up another scorcher, high 80s/low 90s.  Feels like the middle of summer.

    Sent mom HMD greetings, even though in recent years she's turned to the dark side politically and seems at times like she wants to add Hugh Hewitt to her Will.

    Kinda strange family I was born into, me being the oddball politically, a lib Dem from early on and still to this day while the rest were/are rock-ribbed mouth-breathing RWers or devolved to that low point more recently.

    I suppose the whole point, wrt spiritual evolution on my part, was to learn understanding and forgiveness for all the stupidity and insanity that surrounds me.  Next life though I prefer a family a little more in sync with me in these matters.


    there are more important things (5.00 / 2) (#30)
    by TeresaInPa on Mon May 13, 2013 at 07:33:47 AM EST
    than politics.  I and my siblings are all liberals... we still managed to be very angry with each other over Obama/Hillary, gun laws, religion, etc.... then I have one conservative christian brother (who created a great family with a terrific son to be proud of) and a sister in law who is against teachers unions while the whole family is full of teachers who are union activists. That sister in law is an Obama loving democrat too.  So you see, you don't need people to be in a different party to have major disagreements that cause anger and family stress.

    Value your family for what they get right and take everything you think is great about the left with a grain of salt.  Think independently, think about whether you really think all the things you think you think or if you are just going along with the crowd.  Your family members can't be wrong about everything.


    We were up at 6:00 a.m. (none / 0) (#8)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sun May 12, 2013 at 12:38:34 PM EST
    The fog bank's already receded here in the northeast corner of Pasadena, where we're right up flush against the San Gabriel Mountains. But it sure was thick earlier this morning! And yes, it's going to be a scorcher today -- already pushing 90 degrees, according to the outside thermometer, and it's only a little past 10:30 a.m.

    So, we're going to stick to indoor activities, and my mother suggested that we all go to the Norton Simon Museum this afternoon, where she's a longtime member. Sounds like a plan. I'm proud to say that we're all unabashed museum hounds in our family.

    Have a wonderful day. Aloha.


    Happy Mom's Day to you and all the mothers (none / 0) (#9)
    by vicndabx on Sun May 12, 2013 at 12:55:55 PM EST
    here at TL.

    So? (none / 0) (#11)
    by sj on Sun May 12, 2013 at 01:07:47 PM EST
    What were you doing in Amsterdam with Ezra Klein?  :)

    Wonderful pictures.  Happy Mother's Day, to all Mothers, past, present and future.

    Holland invited 20 bloggers (none / 0) (#16)
    by Jeralyn on Sun May 12, 2013 at 03:32:55 PM EST
    to visit, all expenses paid. Details here. They also paid for a room for the TL kid so I just had to pay for his airfare. More photos, with Ezra, Amanda Marcotte and Lindsey Beyerstein here. Photos of the pot shops here.

    Great pictures (none / 0) (#15)
    by Ga6thDem on Sun May 12, 2013 at 03:29:57 PM EST
    and Happy Mother's Day to everyone!

    Jeralyn looks kinda (none / 0) (#18)
    by brodie on Sun May 12, 2013 at 04:06:38 PM EST
    hot in that 1982 pic.  Long hair on women preferred here.

    Went back to Home Goods today finish my consumer duty re sprucing up this dump.  That creepy Easter Island 6-ft tall stone head statue still there, retailing for a mere $999.  A little too spooky for folks to have indoors probably.  And too expensive to keep outdoors.

    Cher or Madonna might want it though, if they are reading this.

    We're you tuned out when Pres. Obama retracted his (5.00 / 1) (#25)
    by oculus on Sun May 12, 2013 at 07:07:13 PM EST
    compliment re Kamila Harris' looks?

    I bet you could commission one in Rosarita for (none / 0) (#24)
    by oculus on Sun May 12, 2013 at 07:04:59 PM EST
    lots less money. Although ICE might bust it up at border crossing.

    I am sure that Jeralyn (none / 0) (#31)
    by TeresaInPa on Mon May 13, 2013 at 07:37:47 AM EST
    and women everywhere will start growing our hair out now.  Thanks for the tip.

    Happy Mother's Day Jeralyn (none / 0) (#20)
    by TycheSD on Sun May 12, 2013 at 06:24:24 PM EST
    And to all of you other mothers here.  

    Happy M-day to all! (none / 0) (#33)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Mon May 13, 2013 at 12:50:28 PM EST
    And especially that Karen Allen look-alike who hosts this blog!

    Jeralyn, I love that 1982 photo (none / 0) (#34)
    by shoephone on Mon May 13, 2013 at 03:26:08 PM EST
    You look so joyful and your son was adorable! And, in that photo, you really resemble one of my best friends, whose adorable son is now almost TL Kid's age. We lost her, tragically, to a heart attack three years ago. But I love how wonderful her son has become as a young man, and your posting and photos really brings home how integral moms are in their kids' lives -- forever. Hope you had a glorious Mother's Day!