Missing Dian on Mother’s Day
Like a new mom whose baby vomits on her white Gap capri pants, Mother’s Day is bittersweet for me.The holiday reminds me that my mom, Dian, who is also one of my best friends, lives 1,254.18 miles away in Indiana. I miss her, my friends and the rest of my family terribly, but I can’t quite leave Colorado. This Mother’s Day also reminds me that I won’t be handing my mom a hand-picked bouquet of lilacs with a wet paper towel around the stems on Sunday. And I won’t be joining her for a special Mother’s Day dinner at her favorite Mexican restaurant in Indy, where the staff knows to deliver her and my dad margaritas with salt before they have a chance to sit in their favorite booth.The thousands of mothers and their kids who live in this valley together may not know how lucky they are to not only be surrounded by mountains, but also family. My mom would love to live in Colorado, a place she visited many more times than I before I relocated here almost two years ago. Like a reincarnated Calamity Jane without a penchant for whiskey and horses, my mom likes to travel the West and immerse herself in the culture, especially the art.If she were visiting this weekend I might take her to the Mother’s Day Arts and Crafts Show, the area’s largest of the spring season. The event is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. and features artist Lynne Anderson, of Montrose, who will display her handcrafted decorative ceramic clay art.Also from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday is the annual Mother’s Day Quilt Show at the Hotel Colorado sponsored by Quilters of the Rockies of Glenwood and Needle & I of Carbondale.The festivities continue through the weekend, with Symphony in the Valley’s annual Mother’s Day concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Aspen District Theater and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Glenwood Springs auditorium. Young valley musicians Yale Work, Joseph Hayd, Collin Stewart, Connor O’Meara and Sophie Sakson, winners of the Symphony in the Valley’s second annual youth concerto competition, will join the symphony in a rendition of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture to conclude the concerts.Runners and walkers take to the streets of Glenwood Springs for the Mother’s Day Mile at 1 p.m. Sunday, and enjoy homemade apple pie at the finish line.Just wish my mom could be there.April E. Clark is not a mother and has never had a baby vomit on her, but knows many moms who have and relish every minute of it – sometimes.
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