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Mother’s Day 2013: Pancakes on the ceiling and other stories

MotherOnce again it’s that special time of year when we celebrate the moms in our lives – Mother’s Day. Whether you’re the lucky recipient of breakfast in bed (and the unlucky recipient of the messy kitchen that helped create it) or going out and braving the crowds for a delicious, expensive brunch of a place that they choose, take time to appreciate all the thought that went into your day. Even if it doesn’t go the way you had hoped or planned.

I have sweet memories of my brother, sister, dad and I, making breakfast in bed for my mom. I’m pretty sure there is a pancake still stuck to the ceiling from my dad’s excellent flipping technique. And somehow, by the time we finished washing the dishes they seemed dirtier than before.

But my mother was always a good sport. No matter what screaming, clanking and crashing sounds she heard from the kitchen, she did as she was told and stayed out of the way in the comfort and safety of her bed. When the tray, overflowing with eggs, pancakes, bacon, toast, tea and a rose from her precious garden finally arrived, she would smile and feign surprise.

Then we’d gather around her and wait for her to take the first sip of tea, which usually caused her eyes to bulge and lips to pucker. (Were we supposed to steep the tea bag three minutes or was it thirty? Better to be on the safe side and let it sit until the meal is finished cooking, right?!) “How is it mom?!” said one. “Did we get it right?” asked the other. Her eyes watering, all she could do was nod. Cheers erupted.

Another successful Mother’s Day!

Here are some of my favorite links from this week’s Mother’s Day Roundup:

 Wishing you all a joyous Mother’s Day! xoxo

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~Linda the Carpool Goddess
  • Cathy Chester - What warm memories you have, Linda. They will sustain you for the rest of your life!

    I just sent my mom a big bouquet of flowers early because…she deserves it! Tonight I’m going to surprise her with homemade coffee chip ice cream – her favorite. Doesn’t sound like much, but it’s exactly what she wants. I’m blessed to still be able to please her when she’s 82!

    Happy Mother’s Day, my dear. Thanks for a wonderful post!ReplyCancel

    • Carpool Goddess - You’re a wonderful daughter and mother, Cathy! Happy Mother’s Day to you too. By the way, your coffee chip ice cream sounds heavenly.ReplyCancel

  • Elaine - Cute story!ReplyCancel

  • Christina Simon - I love the effort that goes into the kids making me breakfast in bed, but as you point out, being the unlucky recipient of the mess can be not so fun. When my husband is involved, they use every dish in the house! Happy Mother’s Day!ReplyCancel

  • Karen - Beautiful article… a tribute to the memory of childhood trying to make Mom happy on Mother’s Day!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Hayley - Happy Mom’s Day, Carpool Goddess. Hope you were treated to a wonderful and tasty breakfast in bed today.ReplyCancel

  • Chris Carter - AW!! What a great sport your mom was in it all!! Great memories… :) ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Shallue - So funny! I would usually have to get out of bed to show them how to fix a pot of coffee, because my husband doesn’t drink it and didn’t know how. I finally learned to fix it the night before and show one of them how to start it. :) ReplyCancel

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