A Lobster for Mother’s day

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courtesy: Lobster Dinner by Joe Shlabotnik, flickr
courtesy: Lobster Dinner by Joe Shlabotnik, flickr

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Mother’s day draws near and while I often wonder why we set aside only one day to remember someone who gave us so much, for me it is a special time.

My mother died five years ago after al lengthy illness; however, my early memories of her see a strong and vital person who worked hard to give her family, there were only four of us, the best possible.

My mother did not like to cook and in truth was not all that good at it. My grandmother was and I honour her as well on this special day.

Nanny taught me much about cooking from how to boil water properly to how to bake a pie. Her lessons have remained with me over the years and often when I am working in the kitchen I think of her.

My wife had a strong relationship with her mother who died some six years ago. Both my wife and I are members of the local Rotary club. Wee joined because we believe in giving back to our community and the Rotary motto of Service before Self said it all.

One bonus and there have been a number, that has risen from our involvement with the club is the annual, Mothers Day lobster dinner. Mothers Day coincides with the opening of the lobster season on Canada’s east coast so a lobster dinner is an ideal match.

The event is well attended and the community appreciates the opportunity to purchase a lobster dinner with two salads, a roll and desert for a very good price that is well below what one would pay in a restaurant for the same meal.

The Rotary members gather an early in the afternoon to package the lobsters. There are a number of people who prefer to pick up and take out the dinner so we accommodate those as well as the people who choose to join us in the hall.

Now, I personally, do not like lobster but love the salads. My wife loves lobster so we switch she gives me her salads and I give her my lobster.

The dinner is a happy event and you can see the smiles and appreciate the laughter as families, sometimes crossing several generations, sit down and tuck in.

In my early teens, our family, my younger sister, my father, my mother and her mother used to go out for dinner on Mother’s Day. We went to a family restaurant along Lakeshore Boulevard. The restaurant is no longer there and I cannot remmebr the name but being part of the lobster dinner brings those memories to the surface and a smile to my face.


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Teresa McGurk 7 years ago from The Other Bangor

Sounds like a great way to celebrate the day.


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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick Author

It is, I look forward to it. thanks for dropping by.


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

Yum Yum Yum Yum Yum! That would certainly make my mother's and my Mother's Day a very Special one; while visions of lobster dance in my head! (Hey kids, listen up, I know what I want for Mother's Day)


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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Glad I could help, thanks for dropping by.


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

Beautiful walk down memory lane. Thanks for sharing Bob! I love a good lobster, and I love a good meal with family; always makes for a terrific mother's day.


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Katherine Baldwin 7 years ago from South Carolina

Hi Bob, I love lobster as well. My Mother would have loved the spirit and fun of a great lobster dinner with all six of us around the table. Brings back memories of great and LOUD gatherings. Everyone remember your Mom everyday, not just Mothers Day.

Katherine


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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Food and special occasions are a powerful combination. Thanks for dropping b.

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