Happy Mother’s Day!
Sunday May 08th 2011, 10:32 pm
Filed under: Family,Wildlife

Kids called home.

We remembered that we were kids, too, and called our parents–and our daughter-in-law, to thank her for being such a good mom. We video-chatted baby noises and I love you’s at Parker.

A hummingbird hovered outside the kitchen in the afternoon, seeing the red and pink roses on the table and trying to figure out how to get through the glass, wanting its Mother’s Day feast–so close.  Too far.

I discovered, over at the Washington Post, the ospreys’ pictures: DC and the Park Service had begun to build a bridge for a nature trailway over the railroad tracks near the Anacostia River.

High? Isolated? Above the river? Perfect! And so the crane operators came to work one day to find a nest of those fish-eaters at the top (that’s an awfully straight stick, is that a piece of rebar in its talons incoming?) and there it will be till the young have fledged. That delights me no end, that they were trying to make nature more accessible and nature got in the way by making itself more accessible.

Meantime, Michelle greeted me with hot chocolate with extra chocolate melted in, first thing in the morning; later, she cooked the dinner. She called her father for help with the veggies and he came chop-chop. She made a blueberry and raspberry tart from scratch.

I’d told them not to buy me any presents, though, because I already had a really big one.

Two of my sisters said they were going to fly across the country to celebrate our dad’s 85th birthday in a few weeks–it would be a few days early, but you do what you can when you can, one arriving from Atlanta, the other from New York City.

Then our sister who lives near Seattle said she was coming, too, then.

Then our brother in New Jersey.

We’ve been close but far too far for far too long. And so now I’m coming too. I can’t wait!

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What exit?? (Ask him – he will get the joke).

Sounds wonderful – enjoy the family!

Comment by Sue H 05.09.11 @ 7:14 am


Comment by Sherry in Idaho 05.09.11 @ 7:27 am

Happy first Mothers Day as a grandmother!

Comment by Channon 05.09.11 @ 7:52 am

Parker thinking, ‘What can I give Mom for Mother’s Day?’

Osprey, ‘Hey, Ma, here’s the perfect place for a nest!’

Glad you had an enjoyable Mothers’ Day, and know you will have a good time with your siblings.

Comment by Don Meyer 05.09.11 @ 8:54 am

I read the Post article about the ospreys this morning and got pretty excited! I don’t know what their status is as far as “endangered” but I know that in Virginia, at least, it is against the law to disturb an osprey’s nest. Thirty five years ago, I worked for the National Park Service near the James and York rivers and there were lots of platforms erected to provide osprey nesting sites along the rivers, but very few birds then. Now they are all over the lower Potomac, at least, which means their numbers are rebounding from the lows of 30+ years ago.

Comment by shadylady1216 05.09.11 @ 9:01 am

That will be so fun!!!
For now, my brothers are all here in Michigan, but my youngest brother is moving to Alaska next month.

Comment by Diana Troldahl 05.09.11 @ 11:43 am

Something else entirely.

Thank you for your lovely comment on Stephanie’s blog. It reminded me of my oldest niece at about 3 years old, going under arching trees over a road, she would sing, “We’re hiding!”

Comment by StellaMM 05.09.11 @ 12:58 pm

great picture of your little guy!!

enjoy your “family reunion”

Comment by Bev 05.09.11 @ 1:38 pm

A little late, but I hope you had a nice Mother’s day. I was spoiled by my family and my daughter called too, from Austin. Nice picture of Parker he is growing fast!

Comment by kristy phipps 05.09.11 @ 3:46 pm

Sounds like you had a lovely Mother’s Day. I am quite jealous of that yummy-sounding pie! How exciting to hear of the plans for Dad’s birthday, too.

Comment by Ruth 05.09.11 @ 6:09 pm

Happy Mothers’ Day! I didn’t even get to talk to my mother (she didn’t answer the phone), but I tried! So we had a nice chat today . . . now I have to get her gift in the mail. (We’re not a . . . punctual family; does it show?)

Comment by Lanafactrix 05.09.11 @ 6:46 pm

What a great Mother’s Day! Ours isn’t until the last Sunday in May. How fun it’ll be for you to meet your siblings! Where does your father live nowadays? Are all your siblings coming? (I don’t know how many you’ve got.)

Comment by Monica 05.10.11 @ 10:15 pm

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