Yikes it's May! And that means that Mother's Day is right around the corner!
If you're mom is anything like mine, she'll tell you not to get her anything for Mother's Day, she'll refuse to tell you what she wants (insisting she doesn't need anything), and she'll just say she wants to spend time with you! So we've got your answer this Mother's Day at the BCAE, and we're inviting you to come and bring your mom to a class this spring.
Top 5 Classes to Take with Mom:
#1 Mother and Daughter Beads Class (Sunday, May 11th)--The team at Diablo Glass will show you and your mom how to make your own beautiful glass beads at their state-of-the-art facility. No experience necessary!
#2 Biscotti & Italian Cookies (Saturday, May 10th)--Busy Mother's Day Sunday but still looking for something fun to do together? Make it Mother's Day weekend and come to the BCAE kitchen for a morning of baking.
# 3 Stop & Smell the Rosé: Appreciating Rosé Wine (Thursday, May 15th)--Bond with Mom while sampling a selection of these elegant wines.
#4 Beginner Digital Photography: Weekend Workshop (Saturday, May 31st)--Get the info you need to beautifully capture all your mother/daughter moments! And all with Bled for Boston's Chris Padgett.
#5 Dance Fitness: Cardio Dance Party & Zumba (Multiple dates in May and June)-- Looking for someting a bit more active to do with Mom? Sign up for these high energy classes, available as 8-session, 4-session, or single session classes.
Browse our full class selection here.
Happy Mother's Day from the BCAE!
Still looking for some Mother's Day inspiration? We asked BCAE staffers about some of the things that make our moms so great. Here's what we came up with:
#1 Mom appreciates the simple things...
From a young age my mom taught me to enjoy the small and the simple. To be patient, kind, and curious. And that many of the best things in life are free. Watching her I learned the joy that a garden in bloom can bring — especially when you’re the one who has put in the hard work. I love you mom! --Becky
#2 Mom always knows what to say when times are tough...
Growing up I wasn’t the cookie cutter child – I played pretend far beyond the normal age, my hair was always a mess (no brush, jell, or magic could make it look normal) and I was the kid with the constant booger. After a ruthless day of middle school I asked my mom why people bother making fun of other people, what’s the gain? She told me, ‘Brooke, no matter what you do in life, people will always have something to say about it – people are bored. Be yourself, do good, and give them something to talk about it, make it worth it’. It’s the most wonderful advice I’ve ever been given.-- Brooke
#3 Mom is an endless source of wisdom...
This piece of wisdom was passed down from my grandmother, who has 4 daughters. Every year she would take her daughters to Bermuda and her wisdom, which has been imparted to me, “Don’t Bring Sand to the Beach.” -- Ashley
#4 Mom's not afraid to put her toes in the sand...
I’m lucky. Life with my mom is always a day at the beach. --Tom
#5 Mom values a balanced diet...
If I’ve learned anything from my mom over the years, it’s that chocolate really is the answer to everything. She has an entire kitchen cabinet devoted to it, with a large selection to choose from.
I didn’t touch the stuff until age 10 and I think that may have been my biggest disappointment to her. I would give all of my Halloween candy away and I always requested vanilla birthday cakes…with the frosting cut off. So when I FINALLY tasted a brownie at summer camp and realized what I was missing all of those years, I think our Mother-Daughter bond got that much stronger.
Dessert after a meal? Always. But only if it’s chocolate. Birthday cakes (or any cake for that matter) must be the darkest, richest, chocolatiest you can find (especially ones with a molten center). Mother-Daughter dates to Finale? You bet.
So as I thrilled my mom by moving back home after graduation…and saddened her when I moved out six months later, I am still only a 20-minute drive away. So I know that I can always call her and say, “I need some chocolate. Wanna go get some?” Even more often I ask, “Wanna go get froyo?" (Her favorite is BerryLine because they have Taza chocolate shavings as a topping.) Her answer will always be “yes.”
Happy Mother’s Day Mom! Don’t worry, we’ll have plenty of chocolate.--Kim
#6 Mom loves us just as we are...
In the years since my two older sisters and I have entered adulthood my mother-- a sweet, selfless woman by all accounts—has become an excellent gardener. My assumption always had been that horticulture was a skill that lay dormant in my mother due to her unwavering commitment towards the three very different children she reared. In my eyes, she must’ve just been far too busy to garden.
Recently, I flippantly told my mother how I was impressed that she had developed a green thumb later in life. She replied, “The only reason I didn’t have a garden is because you and your friends were always playing ball in the yard.”
When I was a child my friends and I consistently played a multitude of proprietary sports in my yard. The most conspicuous game played consisted of four 9-year-old boys chucking balls off of the roof of my family’s house. The object of the game was to catch the ball as it came off the roof before it hit the ground, forcing us to dive horizontally to the ground in order to save a browned, overused tennis ball from resting in the pile of mulch that snaked around the foundation of the house. When we were finished playing we’d cover our tracks by lightly kicking the badly damaged areas of mulch and grass over the discernible--if not unmistakable--shapes of scrawny and sprawled bodies in the earth.
I picked at my corn beef hash and eggs with a sheepish, crooked smile. “Umm, I’m really sorry. I wouldn’t have done that if I knew you wanted to garden so much.”
“You absolutely would have. Or I would have had to ground you for being a boy.” “I wanted you and your friends to be boys. I would look out the window and see you playing and even though I was rolling my eyes and thinking, ‘geez, Andrew, really?’ it made me smile. You were all these little balls of energy and life, and when I reflect back on your childhood I smile more at those times than any other.”
“You wanted us to be boys? But we were little a**holes.”
“Right, I wanted you to be boys.” -- Andrew
Happy Mother's Day from the BCAE to all the moms out there!