By Phyllis Galowitz

I left the house at 11:30, on Sunday, May 14th, to meet my family at a restaurant in Kingston, to celebrate Mother’s Day. As I pulled out of the driveway, I saw the lilacs just beginning to bud next to my driveway and the row of apple trees, facing me across the street, in full bloom, with about a dozen or more gorgeous horses grazing in the field behind them, lazily chewing on piles of hay left here and there for them to munch on. What a beautiful backdrop! Further along other flowering trees were showing their Spring splendor and, as I turned south, dogwoods, both pink and white, crabapples and lilacs were more and more in full bloom as the temperature rose.

It was a gray, dismal day, with dark clouds overhead threatening the rain that had been predicted, but the colors of spring, above newly mowed, emerald green lawns, seemed to show up more spectacularly against the gray. I had a hard time keeping my eyes on the road in front of me with all the distractions on either side.

We were all meeting at Frank Guido’s Little Italy for a lunch to please all tastes, but mostly, just to get all of us together.

Family photo by Anders Goldfarb, of all the others who came

It’s difficult to get everyone in one place at one time, and rare that everyone can make it; we’re all so spread apart and busy with life, but Mother’s Day gives us the impetus to gather, and I, “Queen for the Day,” am the reason! It used to be my Mother, and before that, my Grandmother. Before that, families lived near each other and didn’t have to travel to be together. Some day, in the not so distant future, my girls will have their day! In the meantime, I’m sure that they were “Queens” in their homes, with their children, sisters, husbands, and significant others, all showing the love they feel for each other!

Travelling home, the clouds were getting darker and more ominous, with a few sprinkles here and there. As I pulled into my driveway, the sky opened up as the rain poured down. It was good to be home after a happy day!~