This year, however, it just seemed off to have Mother's Day without Mom in tow.
Sure, there were plenty of Moms on hand.
I, for one.
And as much as we laughed (and ate... and talked... and laughed and ate some more - the usual routine,) I couldn't help feeling that Mom would have been having such fun if she had been there.
She was always about the family gatherings. Maybe because her own first family was always so far away. She was like the mama hen trying to make sure her chicks were always sticking together.