When I got older the realization that these wonderful people adopted me and took me in as an orphan really hit home. And let's be honest....I was a rambunctious child and teenager. I gave them causes to pray!!! But pray they did and they got me through.
I don't care in what sense you're a mother today. If you're a mother in any sense, you're important, and it's your day. In my case, since I was just over being sick (lost two days of work this week), I had one adult child home today and SOMEONE (won't tell who) made some wonderful fresh blueberry pancakes and bacon with real Vermont maple syrup. Wow...decadence....
We went to the Blue Ribbon Restaurant in Schenectady. It used to be the Blue Ribbon Diner. It was awesome 30 years ago, it's even more awesome now!!!!! I had Coquilles St. Jacques....not sure what anyone else had. I was too busy nomming and smiling. I think I heard about stuff like stuffed sole, moussaka, etc. They were all nomming and smiling around my table. :-) And UNLIKE most local restaurants, they actually had a page of MOTHER'S DAY SPECIALS in addition to their regular menu. Not a separate overprice special day menu, actual SPECIALS!!! So for under $20, you could get the aforementioned dinners, along with soup, salad, sides, warm rolls w/butter. And the desserts were to die for!!! I know a lot of "diners" present their desserts are something special. But then you get your mouth full of that sticky diner "whip" greasy and hard to digest. Not so here. The Bavarian Cheesecake was a full (overly full) slice of really creamy cheesecake between two layers of the moistest, lightest chocolate sponge cake you ever experienced lately (and I've TRIED to do this at home) with chocolate whipped cream atop. Not that chocolate whip where it kind of lubes your mouth with not-food lubricant. This is real whipped cream friends. And chocolate, to boot. I am now a Blue Ribbon Restaurant devotee, and I have only been there once in 30 years!!!
To make my day weirdly wonderful, you may know how I avoid Wal-Mart at all costs. Well, this morning, Big Steve and I went there really early, (for kitty litter, you know) and one of the managers came over and gave me this: