Mother’s Day Memories

Local mothers reflect on their special holiday

PHOTO PROVIDED Sharon Clark (left) with her oldest child of four, Carolyn, 51 years ago. In the picture, Carolyn was one year old. Clark has three other children, Tammy, Irene and Christopher.

ll families are different and every mother spends her day differently, whether it be having the classic breakfast in bed brought up to them, spending it with the whole family or just talking and enjoying a coffee with Mom, just remember to thank Mom for all she does.

Breakfast in bed

Lynn Hansel, a mother of a 19-year-old son and a 14-year-old daughter, used to wake up on Mother’s Day with her two children, Jacob and Kaitlyn, bringing her breakfast in bed when they were younger. Jacob and Kaitlyn would try to sneak up the staircase to wake Hansel with cereal — because they weren’t allowed to cook back then — juice and toast or buttered bread, Hansel said.

After breakfast, Hansel took the two kids out to Knoebels a few times on Mother’s Day, but looking back on it now, it ended up being more work to gather everyone and everything to get ready for the day, Hansel said laughing.

They also would go out for either lunch or dinner so Hansel didn’t have to cook, she said. Jacob and Kaitlyn would either make a homemade card or gift for their mother at school that they could give to her on Mother’s Day.

When Hansel was a kid, she did something similar to bringing her mother breakfast in bed, she said. Growing up, she lived nearby her grandparents, so to celebrate Mother’s Day, they would all spend it together and would either order food or cook outside on the grill.

“It’s definitely the biggest job I’ve ever done in my life,” Hansel said. “I love being a mom. It’s not always the easiest job, but essentially now that my kids are older, it’s a little bit more rewarding because you get to see who they are becoming as adults.”

“They start to appreciate you more and you start to hear that coming from them a little bit more than when they are younger,” she said.

Time with Mom

Growing up, Sharon Clark didn’t celebrate Mother’s Day with her three siblings too much, she said. When Clark was older, though, she was able to celebrate the day with her mom through quality time.

A close memory for Clark is when the two would get together for Mother’s Day. Clark would pick up food and a gift, and she would go to her mother’s house to talk and have coffee. Clark’s mother has since passed away, but spending time with her mother was a favorite, and she misses going home to visit her mom.

Clark has four kids, Carolyn, Tammy, Irene and Christopher; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren, she said. Her kids will take her out to eat for Mother’s Day and bring her gifts. When it’s nice outside, though, the family comes together to enjoy a cookout and the weather.

Motherhood has “been good, but then I always tried to be there when my kids were there,” because Clark had to work, she said. “It’s just been good since I got older. They pitch in and help me in the house, help me get ready.”

“It was a lot of good times,” she said. “Times change and it’s for the better now.”

Blended family

Jennifer Rixey, of Hillsgrove, is a part of a blended, multi-generational family, she said. She raised six kids, two who she gave birth two, raised three of her sister’s kids and a stepson. In their family’s home, there are three generations and four mothers — Rixey’s mother, herself and her sister, one of her nieces she raised and her son, and Rixey’s youngest child.

When all the kids were young, Rixey had a classic Mother’s Day with breakfast in bed where the kids would cook pancakes and eggs in the past. They now make scrambled eggs, bacon and coffee. After breakfast, her ex-husband would take the kids out to a museum and Rixey would jump into her bed to relax and take a hot bubble bath, but two hours later, she would be bored, she said.

Sometimes, the night before Mother’s Day, Rixey and her kids would have a spa day where they would have foot baths, dye hair and do facials, she said. The boys were not a fan of this, but sometimes they would participate.

On Mother’s Day, Rixey doesn’t have to cook, she said. This year, they will be having a barbecue with a home project, whether that be learning how to use to smoker or fixing up the patio. Last year, they also had a barbecue.

“I see what my children have become and to see my children as mothers or fathers, that’s kind of the neat thing I think. It’s like you raise them for all these years, and then when you see your children blossom into great parents. That’s probably the best thing about being a parent,” Rixey said.