An Adapted Mother’s Day

Good morning, Everyone. Happy Mother’s Day to all those mommies, moms, ma-s, special aunties, grandmas, nonnys, and great-grands. Grab your cup.Let’s catch up. 

If we were having coffee together, I would tell you that this Mother’s Day is bittersweet for my family. It is also my dad’s birthday. He would have been 88 years old. These first holidays and milestones without him suck. Mom didn’t want the mass company on Sunday, so my sisters, daughter, and I are taking her to the Peconic Herb Farm for a morning of strolling through gardens and probably over-purchasing greenery. We will also bring a light brunch. Here is our little menu:

 *Hard boiled egg slices with avocado and tomatoes

 *Roasted cauliflower chickpeas and onions and a carrier oil dressing

 *Cheese and Fruit

 *Prosecco and OJ

 I suppose we will have to get use to new traditions and routines.

If we were having coffee together, I would report that the motorboat is still nameless and is almost ready for launch. Matt has been busy installing a ladder platform and working on the electronics and fuel tank issues. I polished the hull and did the general go-for-ing. Summer may come early.

If we were having coffee together, I would update my writing progress, I continue to participate in the Women’s In Publishing School learning the overwhelming world of branding, content strategies, and social media hoops. Keywords and analytics baffle me. I am meeting some talented writers and we are navigating together. Book 2 almost has a revised ending. Stay tuned for the cover reveal and (new) title.

I wish all the nurturing mamas out there a beautiful day filled with love, and, if all is clear and safe, big double arm bear hugs. 

That’s about it. Great big thank you to Natalie the Explorer, the incredible host of Weekend Coffee Share.

 Be kind. Be safe.

Have a fantastic week, Everyone. Make it great.

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Daily Bread is set in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, 1911. The story follows nine-year-old Lily, an American-born child of Sicilian immigrants, who wants to prove she is not a little kid. To be a big kid in the crowded tenement neighborhoods, she must tackle bigotry, bullies, disasters, dotty bakers, and learn to cross the street by herself
Hope you are hungry. Becoming America’s Food Stories recalls the tales that have been told around my family’s dinner table. The histories explain the motivations over bowls of macaroni, antics play out while slurping soup, and laughter echoes throughout the dining room. Pull up a seat. There’s always room.

“If you don’t cook with love, you have to get out of the kitchen.” Florence Messina

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.

15 thoughts

  1. I’m so sorry to hear about your Dad. I can understand this Mother’s Day is bittersweet indeed. Hope you had fun anyway strolling through the gardens with your sisters, daughter and Mom.

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  2. Yes, the “firsts” of everything after someone passes totally suck! Sounds like you have a nice peaceful time planned though with your mom and those are often the best. By the way, I got and started your book Becoming Americas….I’m loving it. So fun to read.

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  3. Your plan for Mother’s Day sounds wonderful. I hope you’ve had a great Mother’s Day with your Mom, sisters, and daughter even though it’s bittersweet. Have a great week ahead!

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  4. Happy Mother’s Day, Antoinette. I am so sorry to hear that it is bitter sweet for you and your family. Sending warm thoughts your way.
    On a very positive note, I had just been scrolling through some recipes for my next (and upcoming) camping adventure. This post gave me some great ideas. Thank you!!

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    1. Thats great, Donna. The roasted cauliflower onion and chicken peas were delish cold. Have a fun among trip.


  5. Hi Antoinette. I understand the bittersweetness of mother’s day. My mom dearly, DEARLY loved her children and our kids. Because of jobs and where we lived, she did not get to know our 3 very well. We had a big plan for her and dad to join us in Colorado for the birth of our third, but we forgot to tell our little guy about the plan and he came early so she missed even a well planned visit. We had them staying with us for a couple of weeks and that much of the visit was wonderful.
    Then, jobs changed and we moved back to California and thought that finally mom would get to know her grand-kids better. But she quickly got ill and started a long decline in a nasty fight with cancer. Because at first she worried that she might be contagious (until we got the final diagnosis) and then as she suffered with breathing, she was really torn about seeing anyone, so even though we lived only 20 minutes away, she could barely tolerate guests and thus she lost another chance to enjoy the love of her grandchildren she so dearly wanted.
    It’s now a memory we deal with each year and I’m thankful for anything that reminds me of the love of the amazing mom God sent me despite how things turned out, we were so blessed to have her.

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    1. These memories that pop up confirm the fact that every day is a gift. We should remember that as we rush through agendas and schedules. Thanks a bunch for sharing, Gary. Always a pleasure.

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