Mother’s Day happened during COVID-19

Mother’s Day happened during COVID-19

  • May. 11, 2020 8:00 p.m.

By Treena Mielke

COVID-19 is still very much here.

Evidence that the virus is still out there, like an invisible enemy, ready to strike is everywhere is all around us.

The other day I was standing in line at the drug store when I spotted a TIME magazine. Noticing it had information about the coronavirus on the front cover and thinking it might be helpful to provide me with some insight that I didn’t already have, I unthinkingly reached for one.

The salesgirl behind the plexiglass did not slap my wrist, but she did speak to be in a very stern tone.

“Stand back on your circle, Miss,” she said in a voice of quiet authority.

“Sorry,” I muttered, humbly, as I jumped back, eyes lowered. “Sometimes I forget.”

Yes, the virus is still out there, but this Sunday it was, for many of us, overshadowed by another event.

Mother’s Day!

I am lucky enough to be a mom of three and a grandma of six so I got to reap many rewards during the special weekend.

For me, the best part of Mother’s Day is the fact that every year my kids are always gracious enough to forget about all the times when I simply did not make the list for ‘mother of the year’. I guess we have all had those days.

You know, those days when you forgot to bring cookies to the bake sale, you lost your patience and forgot where you put it until it was too late and you just yelled.

But, anyway on Mother’s Day, my kids are always benevolent and kind and forget about all those times when I did not make the ‘A’ team of mothers.

In fact, my youngest daughter gave me a card that pretty much summed it all up. “Thanks for everything, mom,” it said. “I turned out awesome”!

My Mother’s Day celebration started off with ‘high tea’ in the back yard with three little boys.

Have you ever experienced ‘high tea’ with three little boys?

No! You should try it.

We had the teacups and the fancy cucumber sandwiches and the biscuits spread with cream cheese and jelly. We had a tea pot and flowers and beautiful napkins.

And, of course, we had the boys.

They did their best to act the part. They drank the tea and practiced lifting their pinkie finger. They even tried to talk with an English accent. And then they broke into a fit of giggles and resorted to being little boys racing back and forth in the back yard with Ninja swords made of sticks of wood.

And they were happy.

My son sent me a video that I have played about two million times. In the video he said a bunch of really nice things about me and that he loved me. Can you feel humbled and proud at the same time? I guess you can because that is how I felt. Oh, and grateful. Incredibly grateful.

My middle daughter brought Tim Horton’s coffee and donuts and, best of all, her 16-year-old son. When he walked in, so tall, so handsome, so grown up, I really wish I had taken the time to read the book on my Kindle, How to Talk to your Teenage grandchildren, but I hadn’t so I just bluffed it.

I think he liked me. I know I liked him.

And at the end of the day, I visited my own mom. I put a scarlet red geranium there on her grave and I felt good. Peaceful. Quiet and calm. .

And as I stood there the thought came to me that though I knew her so very briefly, only for the first five years of my life, there was something I wanted to tell her.

And so, I did.

“Thank you, mom,” I whispered. “I turned out awesome.”

Coronavirus

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw reported an additional 456 COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours. (photography by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Five new COVID-19 deaths in Central zone, two in Red Deer

Province reports 456 new cases of COVID-19

A 36-year-old Eckville pedophile  was sentenced to 18 years in prison and given a 10-year-long-term supervision order for abusing nearly a dozen children over a decade.
Black Press file photo
Updated: Central Alberta pedophile sentenced to 18 years in prison and declared long-term offender

Eckville man abused nearly a dozen children as young as two over nearly a decade

Businesses are getting creative to keep cash flowing. (File photo)
Central Albertan lobbying government to help those affected by CERB repayments

Catherine Hay says she received a letter in November saying she had to completely repay the benefit

World Juniors’ referee Mike Langin makes a called during the Canada vs. Slovakia at the 2021 World Junior Championship at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Dec. 27, 2020. (Photo by Matthew Murnaghan/Hockey Canada)
Former Sylvan Lake man lives his dream at World Junior Championships

Mike Langin was one the 25 Canadian officials who worked during the tournament

The newly built Parkland Regional Library Services. (Photo Submitted)
Parkland Regional Library system moves into new offices in Lacombe

“Someone with a Parkland Library card can borrow from 350 libraries in Alberta,” Ron Sheppard

A scene from “Canada and the Gulf War: In their own words,” a video by The Memory Project, a program of Historica Canada, is shown in this undated illustration. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Historica Canada
New video marks Canada’s contributions to first Gulf War on 30th anniversary

Veterans Affairs Canada says around 4,500 Canadian military personnel served during the war

Flags line the National Mall towards the Capitol Building as events get underway for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Joe Biden arrives at U.S. Capitol for inauguration

About 25,000 National Guard members have been dispatched to Washington

A memorial for the fatal bus crash involving the Humboldt Broncos hockey team at the intersection of Highways 35 and 335 near Tisdale, Tuesday, October 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Liam Richards
‘End of the road:’ Truck driver in Humboldt Broncos crash awaits deportation decision

Sidhu was sentenced almost two years ago to eight years after pleading guilty to dangerous driving

In this March 28, 2017, file photo, a dump truck hauls coal at Contura Energy’s Eagle Butte Mine near Gillette, Wyo. Public opposition to the Alberta government’s plans to expand coal mining in the Rocky Mountains appears to be growing. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Mead Gruver, File
Alberta cancels coal leases, pauses future sales, as opposition increases

New Democrat environment critic Marlin Schmidt welcomed the suspension

File photo
Wetaskiwin Crime Reduction Unit recovers valuable stolen property

Property valued at over $50,000 recovered by Wetaskiwin Crime Reduction Unit.

In this March 28, 2017, file photo, a dump truck hauls coal at Contura Energy’s Eagle Butte Mine near Gillette, Wyo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Mead Gruver, File)
First Nations seek to intervene in court challenge of coal policy removal

Bearspaw, Ermineskin and Whitefish First Nations are among those looking to intervene

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau provides an update on the COVID-19 pandemic from Rideau Cottage in Ottawa on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau provides an update on the COVID-19 pandemic from Rideau Cottage in Ottawa on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Trudeau vows to keep up the fight to sway U.S. on merits of Keystone XL pipeline

Canada’s pitch to the Biden team has framed Keystone XL as a more environmentally friendly project than original

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
No Pfizer vaccines arriving in Canada next week; feds still expect 4M doses by end of March

More cases of U.K. variant, South African variant found in Canada

Health-care workers wait in line at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Canadians who have had COVID-19 should still get the vaccine, experts say

Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines were found to have a 95 per cent efficacy

Most Read