Official days of recognition have always seemed artificial to me, over-hyped opportunities for the retail industry to part us from our money. Why should my children feel they must send expensive gifts to me on Mother's Day, for example, when they express their love for me most meaningfully in their frequent phone calls and genuine interest in my daily life?
Well, because they do, just as I did when my mother was alive. Just as you probably do, too.
I don't think anything says "I care" more than something made with your hands and placed into those of a loved one. Because I like to cook, I usually express my affection with food. I tend toward the simpler as I get older because that's the kind of food I enjoy preparing and eating. It's the kind of food my mother, who was an excellent cook, fed me.
She died almost 30 years ago and I wish I had cooked more for her when she was alive. If she were, this menu for an afternoon tea is what I would serve her Sunday on Mother's Day. Brunch, lunch or dinner necessitates the inclusion of entire families. There are other days for a crowd. This would be just for her and just with me.
Lennie Bennett can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 893-8293.