Good Morning, Everyone
If we were having coffee together, I’d report that it is pouring rain. I have to cancel an Arboretum stroll with my mom this morning. We will catch up on Mother’s Day festivities tomorrow with my sisters’ and brother’s families. I am so happy that one of my daughters will be able to make it, although I will have to whip up a gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian dish for her alongside the eggplant stacks I will cook for Sunday. My two other daughters and grandbabies won’t be near so phone calls will have to suffice (sigh). The clan will also be celebrating my dad’s 85th birthday on Sunday. Thankfully, he is well and is still an A-1 Daddy-O.
Today, I am cooking a quiche to bring to the Nellie-Bly dinner party at the captain’s house. We are an all-gal sailing crew and can’t wait to get on the bay. The season starts in a few weeks. Before cooking, I am going to a local children’s book writers’ workshop. I am still promoting my memoir, Hug Everyone You Know, but my heart belongs to children’s lit. There are loads of publishing trends and details to know. Writing had taken a back seat this week—last week, too—frustrating. I need to find my groove in getting the middle-grade novel finished. I made myself a deadline to have it ready for agents’ eyes by August.
It was another busy week at school with Teacher Appreciation Week and Mother’s Day Tea and poetry activities. I know it is an over-commercialized holiday, but seeing how excited and proud my young students were in having an opportunity to honor their moms, overtakes the canned sentiments. It also gives me pause to reflect on my own good fortune for having such wonderful mother role models throughout my life. The best of all of them is my own mother, who has been my lifelong guide. My mom has lived by the code of strength and conviction, and always with unconditional love. My siblings and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren are darn lucky to have her in our lives.
Now that spring has finally arrived, my husband, Matt, started to get the yard in order. He planted some colorful annuals, repaired a raised bed and started to prep the garden. The boats need to be uncovered soon (that’s right plural boats). At the moment, we have five with tarps covering them.
Matt and I had a wonderful trip to Buffalo last weekend. We visited with our old friend, spent time with college pals, and drove around the revitalized city of Buffalo and our alma maters’ campuses, Buffalo State and the University of Buffalo. Buffalo style chicken wings and beef on weck were superb at the Anchor Bar. Good trip.
Before I sign off, I want to send a big a big shout-out to Eclectic Allie, the drive behind Weekend Coffee Share. These weekly catch-ups prove to be a wonderful way to keep the writing flowing. Thank you, Allie.
Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mommies.
Have a good day and week ahead, Everyone. Make it GREAT!
Antoinette Truglio Martin is the author of Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer. The memoir is a wimpy patient’s journey through her first year of breast cancer treatment.