Your Town, May 14, 2012

Happy Mother’s Day to new mothers, seasoned mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers!

Mothering takes not only love and nurturing, but ingenuity, practicality and, when needed, improvisation. And we learn as we go.

My sister loves to tell the story about the seat belts — or lack of seat belts — in the old bucket-of-rust I drove when my boys were 3 and 6. I admit it — it was a cheap ride. We didn’t pay more than $300 for the car, but it came with tires and a steering wheel, and that was pretty much all we needed to get this stay-at-home mom and her kids to and from the grocery store, doctor’s appointments or to the neighborhood park. And it was great on gas.

My sister Dee and her two kids were in town for a visit and we all piled into my car to get some lunch. I got the four kids situated in the back seat and started to strap them in. My sister’s expression was a combination of horror and scorn. Then she smirked. And laughed, and laughed some more. Twenty years later, she’s still laughing.

Yes, the car had no seat belts in the back seat, but it was okay. I had a big bungee cord. Dee watched in shock as I hooked one side under the seat by the kid on the end, then ran to the other side of the car, stretched the cord over the four kids, pulling it tight, and hooked the other side to the underneath of that side of the seat.

I slid into the driver’s seat and motioned for her to join us, but she just stood there, staring, mouth agape, at what I considered, an ingenious, albeit unconventional, improvisation.

“What if you have to stop suddenly?” she asked, dabbing tears from laughter. “Will it hold them or will they just bounce back and forth in their seats?”

Fortunately, we never had to find out, but the visual brings a smile. As I mentioned above — mothering takes love, nurturing, ingenuity, and improvisation. We learn as we go.

Disclaimer: Do not attempt this at home. While amusing to observe, all children and adults should be secured in a seat belt or approved car seat and should not be bouncing back and forth, back and forth in their seat. It’s the law.

Four local garden clubs will host the annual plant fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 19 at Pioneer Village in Cedaredge.

The fair will feature reasonably-priced, area-suitable plants. Proceeds will go to local charities and charitable garden activities.

Master gardners will present and answer questions from 10 a.m. to noon in Stolte Shed.

Call 874-8742 for information.

Kiwanis Club of Grand Junction is organizing its 45th annual Pancake Day and is seeking companies wanting to participate as corporate sponsors or to contribute items for the event’s silent auction

Pancake Day will be from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 15 at Two Rivers Convention Center.

Sponsorships begin at $250 and sponsors receive a mention on a banner and place mats at the event, Pancake Day tickets for employees and clients. Call Bob Colony at 250-0521 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for sponsorship information.

For information on contributing items for the silent auction, call Beverly Troester at 255-8578 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

The Mesa County Republican Women’s monthly luncheon May 14 will feature a 90-minute DVD, “Give Me Liberty,” a film explaining America’s source of liberty and how our constitutional republic differs from tyrannical forms of government.

The luncheon is at 11:45 a.m. Monday, at the Clarion Inn, 755 Horizon Drive. Cost is $15.

Call 434-9378 for information.

The Redlands Lions Club will put out flags for its customers May 19, in recognition of Armed Forces Day.

Anyone living in the Seasons, Tiarado, Panorama, South Broadway and Redlands Village areas is invited to join the other customers who receive the flag service. The delivery year begins July 1 and ends June 30. Flags are placed in front of residences on nine holidays a year at the cost of $30. The fee can be prorated

The flags are delivered on Sept. 11 as a makeup day in the event a holiday was missed because of inclement weather or frozen receptacles. Sept. 11 service recognizes the many contributions and sacrifice the troops make to keep the country safe.

Call Chuck Stevenson at 242-3222 or Skip Hughes at 243-6785 for information.

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