This is the holiday that I use to attempt to avoid. All the commercial Mother’s Day ‘stuff’ reminded me of the one thing I didn’t have and wanted most- my Mother. Ironically, my mother’s birthday is also on May 13th.
The year I became pregnant with Nishad, that all changed. I did a little tap dance right into the card section and bought every mother that was of inspiration to me a “Happy Mother’s Day” card. It’s not that I don’t miss my Mom. Like the moon and stars, feelings come in cycles. However, being blessed with Motherhood has also given me a new perspective. I now understand that, like the caterpillar that evolves into a beautiful butterfly, it was not an ending for my mother- but rather a new beginning. Just as the boys and Ashish have given me…a new beginning.
The boys gave me a beautiful heart pendent that was thoughtful and symbolic. Then they took me to the most awesome place for breakfast! French Meadow Bakery in Minneapolis. http://www.frenchmeadow.com/ It prides itself in organic ingredients…and it was the best French Toast ever! Ashish ordered the breakfast burrito- which I also sampled. I plan on ordering that next time!
After breakfast we headed to Madison Wisconsin. We were heading to Chicago for Ashish’s business conference, and planed to stay over for the night. We toured the most impressive gardens at the Olbrich Garden’s. http://www.ci.madison.wi.us/Olbrich/Outdoor%20Gardens/outdoor_gardens.htm If you are ever passing through, you need to check them out. It’s free, and they often have concerts. Get there a head of time as parking is limited.