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Monday, June 27, 2011
Monday Mourning -- "While We're Waiting" Mom's Day
The Moms began arriving around 9:30, and we were all a little nervous. Most of us had never met before, and here we were, coming together to talk about the most painful part of our lives! But as we stepped out onto the deck and enjoyed the view, we began to relax and get to know each other. Our original plan for the day had included a pontoon boat ride, but with the temperature predicted to soar into the upper 90's, we scrapped that idea. It was a good thing, too, because our day ended up being very full, as it was.
We enjoyed a delicious breakfast of homemade muffins, cheese and spinach quiche, and chocolate-covered strawberries, and then gathered in the living room to begin sharing our children's stories.
The time seemed to fly by as we cried and laughed together, and before we knew it, it was time for our "high tea". We feasted on a variety of yummy sandwiches, fruit salad, and had some delicious cake balls for dessert. And, of course, we had flavored teas and coffees.
We spent the afternoon discussing various topics that grieving moms deal with on a daily basis, ranging from dealing with the holidays, to how we feel about our child's gravesite, to how our husbands' grief differs from ours. We acknowledged the fact that none of these are issues we can "fix", but that it's just helpful to discuss them with other Moms who understand our feelings and experiences.
As we chatted about these issues, each Mom got to slip out to another room and have a private 20-minute massage from Kelly, a therapist with the Mobile Massage Company in Hot Springs. It was fun to see each Mom come back into the living room like a wet noodle after her massage!
When it was time for dinner, we gathered in the dining room, where some wonderful friends had created a beautiful, welcoming table for us.
Our salad was grilled romaine with a bleu cheese vinaigrette dressing, topped with chopped tomatoes, boiled eggs, and fried wontons.
The intermezzo (to cleanse our palates!) was to die for. This was a three-berry sorbet (blackberry, blueberry, and raspberry) with fresh blueberries.
The entree was a chicken breast stuffed with spinach and boursin cheese, white-truffle infused potatoes, and fresh asparagus with a carrot ribbon. It also had some kind of sauce, which I cannot begin to describe. It was outstanding!
Finally, for dessert, we had a chocolate torte with a caramel filling and chocolate ganache frosting and Moon Pie ice cream, all sprinked with raspberry-infused sugar.