When I was a kid, we celebrated Mother’s Day by making breakfast for my mom. We gave her also a little gift. Typically, my brother bought her red lipstick. My sister and I rotated in giving her pralines and her favorite liquor. Liquor? Yes! Of course, in Germany it was forbidden to sell alcohol to kids. However, in the week of Mother’s day, the owner of the local store sold liquor, wine, and brandy to the kids.
In later years, as a young adult, I just called my mom when I could not come on Mother’s day and brought her the gift the next time I came visiting. After I immigrated to the States, I sent her a gift by mail and called her on Mother’s Day. When she was lucky or I, she had the package in the week of Mother’s Day. It worked out most the time. One time, she never got the gift. Customs had decided (for reasons unknown to me) that they send it back.
The University of Alaska Fairbanks has their commencement on Mother’s Day. In our department several students are in the class of 2014. Last week I overheard one of them saying that his graduation is the best Mother’s Day gift ever for his mother. What was your best Mother’s day gift ever? Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there.
Photos: G. Kramm
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