Two years ago I wrote about the history of Mother's Day. If you want to read about how important carnations really are to this day that was never intended to go commercial then click on this link! The weekend for us really started on Saturday when we went to New Milford to visit my husband's mother. Her birthday was on Friday and with Mother's Day on Sunday (and our busy schedule) we were able to have a quick lunch with her and her sister (my husband's aunt...the nun). It was a nice lunch and she enjoyed the two Pandora beads we got her for her bracelet! After lunch, she and Aunt Nancy had to head to Ridgefield for dinner with her daughter and son-in-law and family. Mark and I headed to the large theater in Danbury to meet our oldest son who actually wanted to go to the movies with us! That's a first. Well...with him as a grown up! Anyway, we saw 'The Great Gatsby' that was just released in 3D. All of us had it on our required reading list when we were in school and I had seen the movie starring Mia Farrow and Robert Redford but we were not prepared for this amazing version! Definitely try and see this movie if you can. The cinematography was amazing and the musical score, while not what you would expect for the 1920's, was worth the price of admission and more! Here's a trailer of this new film!
The next day found us enjoying a leisurely morning after which I found a wonderful gift waiting for me on our dining room table. My husband has never been good about figuring out gift buying. He's an engineer. Enough said. So...when Pandora came out with a charm bracelet that any husband could figure out, well, it saved him. He's now able to walk into any jewelry store and with minimal thinking ask to be shown the 'new beads'. We're both happy - now. I had filled up one bracelet and so he purchased some beads with a new bracelet and a jewelry box for Pandora jewelry for my Mother's Day gift. What a great way to start the day!
The next part of our day involved a trip into Hartford to The Bushnell Auditorium to see 'Looped' starring Stefanie Powers. We had originally been scheduled to see this production in January starring Valerie Harper but then of course she was diagnosed with a terminal brain disease. So our tickets were reissued for Mother's Day. Stefanie Powers did an amazing job. The play is about a recording session for the movie, 'Die, Die my Darling!!'. Stefanie Powers actually acted in the movie with Tallulah Bankhead who the play is about. To read more about Tallulah click on this Wikipedia link. We loved the play and were pleasantly surprised that it was so funny! We had no idea how a 2 hour play with only 3 actors was going to be but it was funny, light and just perfect for Mother's Day...but no children please. Apparently, Tallulah had the mouth of a 'sailor'.
|The Freshman 'Cell'|
I have one final word about gifts and expectations. I never want nor 'expect' my sons to spend tons of money on me for birthdays, Christmas or 'Hallmark Holidays'. What I want is their presence - just for a short while and maybe a kindness or two. That's it. I am blessed and have everything I could ever possibly need or want. They've been good kids. Besides...they need to start paying student loans! And if anyone in my family really wants to gift me with flowers...find some carnations.