Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. ~Elizabeth Stone
Here it is Mother’s Day and mid-May! It was a Mother’s Day to remember. This year “the kids” and “the husband” put their heads together and conspired to surprise me with a mystery dinner destination. So, this morning Francis, Jesse, Kalie and I climbed into the car and started on our way to a surprise location. When we headed west and then north I was completely confused. Once we got into the sandhills, I was convinced that a salebarn cafe was probably where they were headed (granted, most sale barn cafes have fantastic food, but it wasn’t exactly what I had in mind for Mother’s Day). Although I was relieved as we passed by a couple of sale barns, I soon began to think that there must be a blanket, loaf of bread and jar of peanut butter in the trunk and we were heading for a pasture picnic. Finally we turned off the highway and I knew we were heading toward Fort Hartsuff near Burwell. My worries were put to rest when we pulled up in front of the Country Neighbor http://www.thecountryneighbor.com/ , a very busy restaurant operating in an old country schoolhouse near Elyria. Francis had made reservations for noon, so we were able to bypass the crowd and were soon feasting on delicious dinners of shrimp and roast beef. They had pulled off quite a surprise!
Even though Jenna and Matt couldn’t make it for our Mother’s Day meal, Jenna did join me earlier in the week at the Mother-Daughter salad supper at our church. We actually played a part in the program portraying a mother and her newly married daughter. The program’s story kind of followed mothers through the years as their daughters were born, grew as children, graduated, went to college, got married and eventually had children of their own as the cycle started all over again.
Every mother knows that the quote above is quite true. No matter how old or how far away children are; a mother’s thoughts, concern, and love goes with them. And, even when a mother is no longer living on this earth, her love and lasting legacy is still very much a part of her chidrens’ lives.
Thanks Francis, Jesse, Jenna, and Kalie for making this Mother’s Day so special for me and thanks to my mom for her love that I carry with me always. Mother’s Day is really every day.