Mother’s Day Musings

Mother’s Day looms and for those needing blooms, Lee Vang and Sulina Lao are serving them up fresh at the Hood River Saturday Market in the parking lot of the Hood River News 419 State St., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Other great gifts await with arts and crafts vendors, garden plants and delectable treats.

Photo by Julie Raefield-Gobbo.
Mother’s Day looms and for those needing blooms, Lee Vang and Sulina Lao are serving them up fresh at the Hood River Saturday Market in the parking lot of the Hood River News 419 State St., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Other great gifts await with arts and crafts vendors, garden plants and delectable treats.

Mothers’ Day is May 12. We asked five Hood River residents of varying ages to tell us, “What do you love about your mother?” as a kind of Mothers’ Day card to moms everywhere.

  • “What could I not like about my mother?” Sarita Viramontes said with a laugh and smile. Mirasol Viramontes, Sarita’s mother, may just have to blush. “She is funny, sweet, loving, kind, a real good dancer, really thoughtful, very smart, very cool, she loves to sing and is very musical. She helps a lot of people and she always has a smile on her face.”
  • “My mom is kind, she takes care of us,” Joshua Leroy Dawson, HRVHS Class of 2013, said about his mother, Christee Dawson of Hood River. “She pays the bills, she cleans the house, she takes us out to do stuff. We go on trips like to the coast about once a month. She spends a lot of time with us. She’s really nice.”
  • She’s been there for me,” said Tana Stanphill, who many will recognize from her work at Bette’s Restaurant. Her mother, Janet Stanphill is also a Hood River resident. “She’s been a great mom – there through everything with me. She is a good friend.”
  • Second-grader Thea Brevard rode bikes to Westside Elementary Thursday with her mother, Marianne Brevard. “Well, I like when she gives me a back rub at night. It feels happy and loving. We talk about what we’re going to do the next day — and a hug and a kiss.”
  • ”I adore my mother so much,” said Janene Sumerfield of Hood River. “She and my father (Dolores and Danny Jeffries) actually moved here a few years ago from Texas, and we are so lucky to have them here. We could not do what we do on daily basis without their help. My mother is such a mother. She cooks, she wants to be with my kids, she exudes love. You can’t truly contain it in words. She is the epitome of mother.”
  • Hood River visitor Al Hargreaves, of Sand Point, Idaho remembers his mother with admiration. “She was smart. She became an activist in the P.T.A.,” he said of Audrey Hargreaves. That activism must have rubbed-off because Al later became a clergyman in the Episcopal Church.

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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge



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