Thanks to moms

Sunday dawned a bit cool for the month of May, but an abundance of sunshine lured many families out of the house to celebrate Mother’s Day 2013.

Bryan Harpold of Belpre brought his wife, Cari, 28, daughter Trista, 8, and mother-in-law Rose Curry, 60, of New Matamoras to the Lafayette Hotel’s annual Mother’s Day buffet in Marietta Sunday morning.

“We come here almost every year, and just enjoy spending the day together,” said Cari.

Trista made her mom a special gift for Mother’s Day.

“I like helping my mom, so I gave her a Mother’s Day coupon book,” she said.

Cari said the coupons included a free hug, free kiss, back rub, and foot rub from Trista who also promised to clean her room and do homework without complaining.

Curry recalled as a youngster her family used to spend Mother’s Day at her grandmother’s home.

“But when my children were young I would have their dad take them somewhere on Mother’s Day so I could have a special day just for me,” she said. “And he would make me breakfast before they left.”

Nearby Melinda Witten, 28, of Marietta was sharing lunch with daughter, Audrey, 17 months, and Melinda’s mother and father, Peggy and Jeff McKay who live in Ashtabula County, Ohio.

“This is our first time at the Mother’s Day buffet, but mom and dad had never been to the Lafayette Hotel, so we came for lunch and just to look around,” Melinda said.

Peggy McKay, 60, said her best Mother’s Day present was being able to take granddaughter Audrey back home to spend a few days with her grandparents in Ashtabula County this week.

Todd Caltrider, 46, and wife, Treva, 46, of Marietta were waiting on lunch at the Lafayette with Treva’s mom, Jean Kettering, 80, of Ravenna, and Todd’s mom, Kay Caltrider, 73 of Marietta.

“We spoil our mothers on Mother’s Day,” Treva said. “My mom raised seven children, and I’m the seventh.”

When she and her siblings were young, Treva said her parents used to load them into the car and head for grandma’s house on Mother’s Day.

“People didn’t go out to eat as much back then,” Kettering said. “Now it’s a little harder for us to get together because I live so far away.”

Across town there was a good turnout for the Washington State Community College Evergreen Series annual free Mother’s Day Concert featuring award-winning pianist Richard Glazier who entertained with “A Salute to the American Song” in WSCC’s Graham Auditorium.

“I asked my son, Scott Kisner, to bring me to the concert this year, along with his wife, Jenny, and my granddaughter, Maria. We’re building some good memories,” said Robin Spindler of Marietta, adding that she thoroughly enjoyed the relaxing afternoon piano concert.

Mother’s Day had a special meaning for Susan Miller of Devola, who also attended the concert.

“It’s a time for honoring your mother for all of the things she’s done for you,” she said.

Her mom, Nancy Pillichody of Glenwood Retirement Village, said that situation is now reversed.

“She does things for me now,” she said.

Emily Dickey, 37, of Akron, said her grandmother, Jane Dickey, 91, asked Emily to attend the concert with her.

“She wanted me to come along,’ Emily said. “I’m very thankful that we have a day like this-our mothers and grandmothers have given so much and sacrificed for us.”

Jane said she’s received several Mother’s Day cards this week.

“They give us these wonderful Mother’s Day cards with such nice words written inside-and those words are sometimes hard to live up to,” she said. “But I thought the concert was wonderful. It’s my kind of music.”