Saturday 9: Mother and Child Reunion

Mother and Child Reunion (1972)
Unfamiliar with this week’s song? Hear it here.

1) The title of this song, “Mother and Child Reunion,” came from a dish Paul Simon had at a Chinese restaurant. “Mother and Child Reunion” was chicken and egg drop soup. When did you last eat chicken? I went vegetarian at around 14 or 15, but I’ve consumed it since then–some slip-ups in the transition, some accidents. But it’s still been years.

2) Paul Simon’s mother, Belle, was an English teacher Monday through Friday and then gave piano lessons on the weekends. Have you ever worked more than one job? I have writing side hustles right now in addition to my full-time job.

3) Mother Winters taught Sam to always dispose of the dry cleaning bag, as storing clothes in the bag may discolor the fabric. Do you have any useful household hints to pass along? Come back to me when I’m living in a proper house and not an apartment.

4) Have you put away your winter clothes yet? Nah. I keep them out all year partly because I don’t have the motivation to go through everything and put things away, partly because in said apartment I have nowhere to put them, and partly because I get cold easily and the weather can fluctuate in weird ways. So I’d rather have easy access just in case.

5) Flowers and plants are popular on Mother’s Day. How is your yard or garden? Is it green and/or blooming? At the apartment, there is none, but at the house we’re in the process of moving too, we’ve got a little plot we’re trying to keep an eye on. We have some nice flowers coming in and some tall asparagus stalks we have to cut when we’re over next, but we’re not sure what else is planted on the property. The plan is to watch everything this year and decide what to do with it all for next year, but the asparagus is definitely staying.

6) In the 1600’s, the British began celebrating “Mothering Sunday.” Children presented flowers to their mothers after Sunday service. When did you last place flowers in a vase? Where they store-bought, or picked from someone’s garden? I put my wedding bouquet in a vase for a little bit after the wedding last summer, then preserved them before they started to wilt.

7) The German word for “mother” is “mutter.” What other German words do you know? I can count and I can cuss, so clearly, the most important words. There are probably some I would recognize in print but don’t remember offhand.

8) When Sam was a teen, her mother used to scold her for monopolizing the family landline. With the advent of cell phones, do you think parents and children still clash over telephone etiquette? Probably–I’m guessing there are disagreements over whether or not to spell things out and use full sentences in texts and when to call rather than text.

9) To celebrate Mother’s Day, Sam is giving away her mother’s favorite, Hershey Bars!Would you prefer classic milk chocolate, dark chocolate or milk chocolate with almonds? Classic milk chocolate!

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