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Saturday, May 7, 2011

.Mother's day celebration in Boston

ILAC SUNDAY, Boston’s great annual exhale (and inhale!) that marks the height of spring at the Arnold Arboretum, is being held tomorrow — one of the earliest dates ever. Officially it is to coordinate with Mother’s Day, but watchful gardeners know better.
Every year has its own weather character, but the arboretum’s celebrations marking the peak lilac bloom have migrated by three weeks over the last century. In 1920, Lilac Sunday was held on May 30; in 1983 it was May 22; in 2003 it was May 16; and this year it is May 8.Is it global warming? The arboretum is careful not to take a position.

Based on the book Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey, children and their families will retrace the steps of Mr. and Mrs. Mallard and their family of eight ducklings during the Duckling Day Parade at the Boston common on Sunday, May 8 at noon. Led by the Harvard University Marching Band, children relive the adventures of Mr. and Mrs. Mallard dressed as one of their favorite characters from the book. Registration begins at 10 a.m. at the Shaw Memorial in front of the State House. $25 donation per family includes snacks and a toy.

Other than the annual struggle to find a thoughtful gift for the mother of my children, and besides the last minute panic when realizing that all the decent “For my Wife” greeting cards have been bought up by other men who planned ahead, the approach of Mother’s Day is a joyous time. It is, at least in my family.

On occasions like this, I also think about the mothers and their children torn apart by tragedy -- homicide, in particular. I imagine the broken hearts of those mothers whose murdered children will never again buy them a Mother’s Day card, as well as the children of murdered women whose only gift to mom are flowers laid at her grave.

Mothers throughout the United States of America will be honored on Sunday, May 8th, as the nation celebrates the 2011 Mother’s Day holiday. Families will gather together; flowers, cards, and phone calls will arrive from those who are near and far. It is a day that celebrates life and love of family.

The day has been recognized as a national holiday since 1914 when President Woodrow Wilson made the official announcement that Mother’s Day would be held each year on the second Sunday of May.

Ackerman Jewelers, 5335 Ehrlich Road - Forget flowers, say it with baubles. Pandora charmbracelets, necklaces and watches are all sold at this jewelery store. Make your gift even more personal, by shopping for jewelry that contains her birthstone.

Pier 1 Imports, 6907 Gunn Highway - Pier 1 is a great place to find accent pieces that help make a house a home. The complany website even has a Mother's Day gift guide for inspiration.

Sunday, millions of extraordinary women across the world will be celebrated for the toughest job they’ll ever love — motherhood. There are plenty of fun and unique ways to show mom “the love” from right here in South County.

The traditional breakfast in bed is always popular, where dad and the kids gather together in complete secrecy in the kitchen, insisting that mom sleeps in as they prepare a loving feast of lumpy pancakes and crunchy bacon, and then presenting a drowsy mom with the sweetest tray of love they can conjure up. (This usually includes at least a partial kitchen clean up so that mom doesn’t have to worry about dishes until lunchtime.)

Then there’s the presentation of lots of loving sentiments in the form of card pageantry — pop-up cards, humorous cards, singing cards, mushy cards and best of all, handmade cards that are adorned with glitter, stick figures, rainbows and your child’s sincerest message about how you are the world’s bestest mommy and she’ll love you forever (hang on to this as a reminder that she really does love you during the teenage years).

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