Saturday, May 12, 2018

Saturday 9

Mother and Child Reunion

1) The title of this song, "Mother and Child Reunion," came from a dish Paul Simon had at a Chinese restaurant. "Mother and Child Reunion" was chicken and egg drop soup. When did you last eat chicken? Thursday night I had barbecue chicken breast, courtesy of Trader Joe's. Not that you asked, but I had a side of corn and a single scoop of chocolate ice cream for dessert.

2) Paul Simon's mother, Belle, was an English teacher Monday through Friday and then gave piano lessons on the weekends. Have you ever worked more than one job?
Right after high school, I augmented my secretarial salary by working on weekends as a receptionist in a real estate office. I was saving for a trip to Europe and to get my own apartment.

3) Mother Winters taught Sam to always dispose of the dry cleaning bag, as storing clothes in the bag may discolor the fabric. Do you have any useful household hints to pass along? If you want your towels and wash clothes to be more absorbent, skip the fabric softener. Sure, Downey or Bounce will leave them soft and fluffy, but fabric softener leaves behind a coating that inhibits absorption.

4) Have you put away your winter clothes yet? Maybe next weekend.
5) Flowers and plants are popular on Mother's Day. How is your yard or garden? Is it green and/or blooming? No flowers or bushes in the front yard. Just grass and a tree. The tree looks better than the lawn just now.

6) In the 1600's, the British began celebrating "Mothering Sunday." Children presented flowers to their mothers after Sunday service. When did you last place flowers in a vase? Where they store-bought, or picked from someone's garden? I bought a nice little bouquet of carnations and mums from Walgreen's for $7.99. They're in a vase on my desk, brightening my office.

7) The German word for "mother" is "mutter." What other German words do you know? Schadenfreude
8) When Sam was a teen, her mother used to scold her for monopolizing the family landline. With the advent of cell phones, do you think parents and children still clash over telephone etiquette? Sure. Maybe going over your data limit or using your phone at the table.

9) To celebrate Mother's Day, Sam is giving away her mother's favorite, Hershey Bars! Would you prefer classic milk chocolate, dark chocolate or milk chocolate with almonds?