On holidays I couldn’t spend with my daughter, I went to big box stores. Once, on my birthday, I went to PetSmart and adopted a cat. On another Christmas, I roamed the aisles at Walmart for a few hours before leaving with bananas.

A few years ago, I went to IKEA on Mother’s Day. It was an adventure as well as a tradition. That Mother’s Day, I bought myself breakfast.

“Are you a Mom?” the cashier asked.

“I am.”

“Your breakfast’s free.”

I ate my free scrambled eggs and bought a mattress pad and sheets for my single bed.

This year, I’m better off.  And I’m grateful.


About Jane Wilson

Jane Wilson graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, was a trial attorney for 25 years and has served on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy on numerous occasions. She was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cleveland State University for several years and served as an Interim Associate Professor of Law in the clinical program at Case Law School. In 2009, she returned to the small southwestern Michigan community where she was raised, and wrote a novel.
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8 Responses to Happy

  1. evanatiello says:

    Have a happy day!

  2. Ron. says:

    Bananas at Wally Mart, eh? Hmmm… Funny how our circumstances change, eh? Dust in the wind.

  3. sammee44 says:

    Have a wonderful Mother’s Day, Jane–my fave restaurant–after dinner– gave all the Moms a free rose and chocolate as we went out the door 🙂

    • Jane Wilson says:

      I received a lovely note from my daughter, in an elegant gilt envelope addressed in silver ink. In the same silver ink in the enclosed card, she penned, “Looking forward to your visit this summer.”
      It will be such fun.

  4. Happy Mother’s Day, Jane, however you spend it.

  5. Jane Wilson says:

    I considered going to Costco, but after my daughter called, I stayed home. It was a blissful afternoon.

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