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Residents excited to spend time with moms on Mother’s Day

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Tara Wilson, an employee at Lasting Expressions, puts the finishing touches on some flowers that will likely end up in the hands of local Mother’s this weekend for Mother’s Day.

ALPENA — Mother’s Day will have a different look and feel this year.

The restrictions for the COVID-19 pandemic have eased and loved ones can share time together in person.

The pandemic cast a shadow over the holiday last year, preventing people from seeing their mothers and even making a simple gesture like dining out impossible.

On Sunday, many residents plan to spend quality time with loved ones.

Amanda Schuener, of Alpena, said her mother Patty lives only a few miles from her, but last May, they did the best they could to keep their distance because of the virus.

She said they talked on the phone often, and, once in a while, she stopped by her mother’s to chat outdoors, but there were no embraces or kisses like a normal Mother’s Day.

“I just wanted to see her and give her a big hug, because we were all going through a lot at the time and we are very close,” Schuener said. “Even though we talked all the time, it was just sad that we couldn’t be together, especially on Mother’s Day.”

Schuener said she has a surprise for her mother this weekend, but didn’t want to spoil the surprise ahead of time.

“I’m excited, and I know she’ll be excited,” she said. “That’s all I’m willing to say.”

Jasmine Krieger said Mother’s Day is a time when her and her mother Barb pick out flowers for the yard and spend the day planting them, if the weather cooperates. She said last year they were unable to do that, but the tradition will continue this year.

She said they will likely go out to lunch too.

“My mom loves flowers and making sure her yard is groomed perfectly,” Krieger said. “So instead of sending her flowers from a flower shop, we go and get them for the yard. We’ll begin to plant them Sunday, if it doesn’t rain.

The forecast in Alpena calls from a high temperature of 51 degrees, with no rain predicted.

For Travis Ericksen, the memory he made with his mother Edna, who died in 2017, while they lived in Texas, remains dear to him.

“I miss and think of my mom every day, so I guess you could say every day is Mother’s Day for me,” he said. “I hope people who don’t have moms anymore appreciate them and spend time with them, because they won’t be around forever.”

Steve Schulwitz can be reached at 989-358-5689 at sschulwitz@thealpenanews.com. Follow him on Twitter @ss_alpenanews.com.

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