A Wild Mother’s Day

I do not know what is in store for me for Mother’s Day. That is the point, I guess. To let the wee ones hatch elaborate plans that involve waking me at 4:00 a.m. with tea and toast. They have hatched some sort of plan, the two of them and have been hiding things from me. At first I thought it was more sticky candy wrappers I occasionally find under the couch or perhaps an accidental spill cleaned up with my best tea towels. After a small slip of the tongue I have been led to believe that it may be something a little bit more.
My son is itching to tell me what he has planned. When he comes to hug me he always mentions how he loves giving surprises as much as getting them. Then he follows with a few hints. It is not alive. (Whew! I am a bit alarmed when presented with the gift of life in the manner of snakes or ant farms.) I can’t eat it; which may be a mixed blessing. I can’t wear it; so I am assuming that I am going somewhere.
For anyone wishing for ideas the Wild Center in Tupper Lake is open again after an April’s worth of spring-cleaning. The trails are open, new animals are being introduced and the otters are up to their old tricks. I haven’t seen the latest documentary, “Ride of the Mergansers” but my son has acted out the bits where the ducklings take to flight to the operatic score from Richard Wagner’s “Ride of The Valkyries” used famously in the film Apocalypse Now.
Between 1:00-3:00 on Sunday will be a family art project. So in case you forgot to get your mother flowers or she is allergic, you will have the opportunity to make her a large one out of tissue paper. Art Days take place every Sunday until the end of the month. It is best to check the website (www.wildcenter.org) for a complete schedule of events.
The Wild Center’s spring hours are Thursday- Sunday 10-5. Entry fee ranges from $9-$13. Members and children three and under are free. Please call 359-7800 for more information.
I will be enjoying my breakfast in bed (someone please share this with my husband) and then off to the Wild Center for a cup of coffee and to see how a mother Merganser gets her kids out of the nest. I will store that nugget away to use when my kids are older. Happy Mother’s Day.


Anonymous said…
I love the Wild Center!
Diane said…
It was so much fun. It is a great place to bring the kids, rain or shine!

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