52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, My Family Tree

Week 19: Mother’s Day

In a hope of finding traditions within my immediate family or even lingering memories or traditions they have had of Mother’s Day, I turned to my mom’s siblings and their offspring to see if anything interesting would turn up.

What I learned was there are no Mother’s Day traditions, we are just doing our best to let Mom know we love her.

However I did learn some things. My cousin, Emily, told me about the memorable Mother’s Day she had a few years ago when her mom (my Aunt) asked her to start going to church… and she has ever since!

She also added that my Aunt would often work on Mother’s Day as her kids were grown and let the new Mom’s enjoy the day with their kids. I did the same when i worked retail in college for the Mom’s (and the dad’s on Father’s Day!).

My cousin, Tracy, mom of 5, just remembers that Mom could do whatever she wanted on Mother’s Day… but remembers a couple of years ago her kids all making her jump into the pool to begin the day. How refreshing!

Growing up we always had my Grandma Blair (aka Anna Maria Morgart) over for dinner, and if my Grandma Metzger (aka Alberta Lou Fleming) was here she came over as well. Dinner has always been the tradition.

The last few years of my Mom’s life I often hosted dinner where my husband and I had a Mexican fiesta of homemade enchiladas, tortilla chips and queso sauce, the final year we were adventurous enough to have guacamole (my mom wasn’t a fan but we are in my household).

We haven’t done that since 2018 though. In 2019 we went out to a restaurant as the old tradition was going to be difficult. That Mother’s Day signified so much… but most of all almost an entire year without my Mom.

202o was all about Covid and so it was just me and my kids. This year was the same, though I encouraged hubby to let his mom have lunch with 2 of her 4 kids. He claims she really enjoyed it.

So to all the Mom’s out there I hope you enjoyed your day. And below I salute all the Mom’s in my tree, because without each and every one of you, I would not be the Mom I am.

2 thoughts on “Week 19: Mother’s Day”

  1. I think it’s difficult because we are mother’s every day of the year, not just when the calendar says. I didn’t celebrate the official day with either one of my kids. Instead my daughter came the Thursday before as she had to work and my son will be here in a week as he was ill. For me I don’t feel Mother’s Day needs a traditional activity just as long as we spend a day together. I hope you had a wonderful celebration!


    1. I hope you 2 very special days with your kids!

      My day was so not the norm this year. Normally I would have spent all day Saturday cleaning the house for my dad and my mother-in-law to be here about 1.5-2 hours. I told hubby I wasn’t doing it (and he had to work his every third Saturday the day before), I sat at home and relaxed. Hubby ended up getting me a chick-lit romance novel and I began reading on Sunday after lunch and finished it up when I got home from work Monday – 321 pages in about a day! We went out to a steak restaurant for dinner… all 4 of us… and it was just a super nice day. Nothing traditional about it. And I sent hubby to have lunch with his mom and his youngest brother – because how often does she just get her kids?

      Sometimes I think the greatest gift we as mom’s can have is having to do nothing for all the other days filled with somethings.


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