Mother’s Day Memories

Sunday was a pretty mellow day.
Carl got the jump on me and spoke with his mother before I was even downstairs.
Called my Mom, and learned a few things that I did not know.
Bullfights and baseball games! Who knew?

Went out to breakfast. I like going out to breakfast. Good food and no dishes.

Then it was a chance to chat with my kids (separately).
Skyped with Rey. His life just sounds busy. The Smokies game was rained out that day, but not until game-time, so not quite a day off. (He wore his tarp clothes home, because one of his first duties in the morning would be to take the tarp back off the field.)
Chatted on the phone with Ashlan as she travelled home from the Mariner’s game – in New York City. We somehow got onto the subject of goals. She is so S.M.A.R.T.. That is she was telling me about SMART goals. Funny thing is I just learned about SMART goals in the past year. Maybe it is the new “in” thing, but they really do seem to work. (And I can remember the acronym – Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic and Timely.) Ashlan’s goal work had to do with making sandwiches. Mine had to do with responding to emergencies.

Calling home on Mother’s day is a time-honored tradition. But perhaps it has lost some of its luster with cell phones in the mix. Not that talking with your mother can be overdone. However, I remember some Mother’s Days when getting an open line after several busy signals was a real accomplishment. 

And here is a mother to be that I ran into at work today.
She obliged me to take her picture.

This is a Mama to be. She did not move for the minute that I was trying to get a picture.

2 Responses to “Mother’s Day Memories”

  1. Shelly Myers-Begane Says:

    HI Jay! I had left a comment on your blog a few months ago, but it might not have gotten posted. This is Shelly Myers-Begane, we used to live down the street from you back in the early 90’s. My daughter Jackie was friends with Ashlan and Rey, (I have the most adorable pictures of the three of them at the park!) I really enjoy your blog, we have lived in Wichita Kansas since 1994, and the pictures of Seattle bring back such great memories!
    Ashlan is so beautiful! She was always just a doll, those big blue eyes and mischievous smile! I can’t believe it’s been 20 years, it blows my mind. Where is she living now? Jackie is in L.A. in film school and working at Macaroni Grill.
    We have a daughter Carly who was born shortly after we left Seattle who is going to college locally, and a son Derek who was born in 1996. He plays HS baseball,and has kept our Seattle connection-his pitching coaches are Brian and Brad Holman from the Mariners!
    Please email me at if you get a chance, would love to catch up!
    Shelly Myers-Begane

  2. Margaret Says:

    We talk about SMART goals all the time at my school, such that the students roll their eyes. They don’t get it yet and will need a big dose of real life first.

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