Reflections on Mother’s Day

Hello, sweet friend…

These last few days have been gorgeous here on the Oregon coast… and I’ve been inside with a sinus infection. I’m hoping I’m on the mend…finally feeling better after a week of  antibiotics…yippee!


                      “It is the wise mother…who gives her child roots and wings.”


The following post has been re-edited from a previous post.


   With Mother’s Day just around the corner I’m stirred by the memories they conjure up.

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 It has been 7 years since I retired from teaching elementary school. And, almost every year beginning with the first until the thirtieth my class would celebrate Mother’s Day with a Mother’s Day Tea.

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The children would make special cards and set their desks like a fancy table. The tables were set with a plate of cookies, and a cup of tea. The mothers all enjoyed it.  There were years when some of the children’s mom’s weren’t able to attend. Perhaps, the child was living in a foster home, or the mom couldn’t get off work, or something.

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In those times I’d fill in as mom. And, it was during those occasions I’d be reminded how very important our mothers were, and what a strong desire we have as children to love and be loved by them.


I was very fortunate to have grown up with an exceptional mother. Her name was Olga. And, as you can see from the photo… Olga was quite a beauty.

I believe these photos were taken sometime in the early 1940’s. Olga was still in her teens… & even though Olga was married at a very young age, (19) I’m fairly sure she wasnt married yet.


I am really loving those shoes!
Wow...and Olga was quite the Fashionista too.

I love these photos for several reasons. Primarily, because they show the true adventurous spirt of this amazing woman.



The memories I have of this wonderful Lady… were that of her being my mother…an amazing woman who showed unconditional love…and graciousness of a queen. However… I love these particular photos because they were my mother at an age that I never knew her. Before marriage, children, and the life she chose to live as a wife, and mother extrodinaire.  Today I’d like to celebrate, and honor that young girl, her hopes… dreams… sense for adventure…and for all the JOY she brought into this world.


And, for you dear reader I wish you a blessed Mothers Day. A greeting  in which you experience all the beauty, love, and joy around you.  Oh, and of course lets remember to throw in a little adventure. 

   Tangerine Tea

4 tangerine slices*

12 whole cloves

4 sticks of cinnamon  

2 tablespoons of sugar

4 cups orange pekoe tea brewed with the rind of one tangerine.  

Stud each slice of tangerine with 3 cloves. Now place a tangerine slice, a cinnamon stick, and 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar in each cup. Fill with hot tea from the pot. Serve, using the cinnamon stick to stir the tea.

Makes 4 cups.

*orange slices could also be used.                                                                     




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9 Responses to Reflections on Mother’s Day

  1. Nancy says:

    Have a truly wonderful weekend.

  2. Jane says:

    Enjoyed your posting… We both and I know many of us were blessed with wonderful mother’s…. Happy Mother’s Day!!! Enjoyed your sharing your beautiful Mother with us….

  3. Joe says:

    What a celebration of the gifts of Motherhood,your hosted teas for your students and the celebration of your mother!
    Happy Mother’s Day!

  4. Jane Hoefflin says:

    Hello sweet friend….. I know we are blessed women with wonderful mothers and friends… I hope you are on the mend with the sinus infection you are suffering from.
    I am on the computer for the first time since I arrived home and for the last 12 days I have been on antibiotics which thank God stopped me from getting pneumonia again like my last cruise and I also have sinusitis just like last time…. I too have been on antibiotics… I have a virus that needs to run its course and I am still with a low grade fever and am still weary…. when I get my attacks I get really nauseous and am sick for days… with the lousy headache and vomiting…. almost went to the emergency hospital Saturday night…. I have special medication to take when I have an attack but they don’t stay down when you are upchucking….. UGH!!!!
    I wanted to let you know that I enjoyed your postings while I was on the cruise… Unfortunately, I did not always have good wifi to post to you but I did really like them… I liked your First Communion posting,…. and the garden…. it is really coming along just beautifully…. I could almost smell the scent of the garden and it really is bursting with color….
    I just wanted to say hello…. and let you know that I had not fallen off the face of the earth…. it seems that I get sick on these trips….. Will have to think of some preventive measures for the next one…. I will catch up with your new postings as soon as I can get back on FB….

    Take care sweet friend…. love to you….

    • Marcia Ren says:

      Hello sweet Jane,
      I’m so happy to see you… and so sorry to hear that you have been under the weather. I do hope that you are feeling better now. I know it takes a while to recoup from a holiday… no fun to have sinus issues traveling back home with you. Please share any preventive measures you hear about. I’m so glad you are home safe and can rest now.❌⭕️❌

  5. Jenny Bonynge says:

    Hello Marcia!
    I hope you are feeling well. I loved your dedication to your mother, sweet! Enjoy the rain we are (finally!) receiving…we sure need it. XO

    • Marcia Ren says:

      Hi Jenny! So nice to see you today. Yes, my mother was very special…and the older I get the more I appreciate all of who she was. I guess that’s what happens in life. Oh my I’m so enjoying the Spring rain here on the coast…everything is so green and lush. I’m sure you are enjoying your new home and spending time in your garden. Take care my sweet friend. 😉

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