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Random Observations by Pat Ostrye

Mother's Day That Was! 

   This is the "day after" and the LA Times tells us about yesterday's spectacular Mother's Day banquet sponsored by the Fred Jordan Missions in downtown Los Angeles and served to over 2000 impoverished women and their families.  This Mission, which was first opened in 1944 primarily for men, now serves about 1,000 people a day, mostly women and children.  Each mother was given a red carnation and baked chicken was at the top of the menu.  Some attend each year because they no longer have relatives in the area, others because it has become a tradition to bring their mothers each year to enjoy the festive camaraderie.  How great!


    A few days before Mother's Day, on TV I heard quite a switch concerning just what gifts Mothers really prefer.  I'm sure the florists around the country weren't too happy about it, but the point was made that flowers are beautiful but, in this uncertain economy, not very practical for many mothers, particularly grandmothers on fixed incomes.  There were illustrations of home-made gifts and many food suggestions, but also MONEY!  I go for that big time, it matches everything for any age!  Over the past few years, I have received mostly money and gift cards which seem to have become the most popular gift for any occasion.  


    However, there are other extremes out there.  It seemed a little late but even in Tiffany's daily ad in the LA Times on Sunday: Flowers For Mother's Day, Tiffany floral rose and brilliant-cut diamond bracelet, $110,000!  On the same page, Neiman Marcus, Geary's and Movado had equally extreme gifts for Mother.  First of all, with that kind of money, I doubt that the "other half" would be perusing the ads at any time when one phone call to their favorite Jeweler could take care of the matter.


    As for me, having seven very attentive adult children and six living grandchildren, the occasion is always exciting as well as bountiful.  This year I was at a daughter's in Pasadena with a son, his wife and 2 very young children, ages 2 years and 4 months, also attending, making it a really joyous occasion. Grandparents traditionally have the privilege of enjoying the little ones at their best, leaving the chasing and caring to their very tired parents, who will one day have their "quieter" turns at Mother's and Father's Day!

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