Before a child reaches adulthood Mother Day usually means hand-made cards, a bouquet of flowers and some form of breakfast in bed. As that relationship matures, and kids grow into older, how do they celebrate later in life?
Bonnie Campo talks to a an 80 year old mother and her 45 year old daughter for some insight.
Mary Jo Hamilton has been a mother for 47 years to two children. She and her husband adopted both of them, and say love is thicker than blood.
(Mary Jo Hamilton, Mother) "My son was the first one that we adopted, and then we went back, and he says I want a blonde, blue-eyed girl. We got our blonde, blue-eyed girl."
She adopted her daughter Linda when she was 6 weeks old in California, and they became inseparable. Even today their relationship hasn't changed much.
(Mary Jo Hamilton, Mother) "My daughter is my best friend, and when she does little things that I can't describe, but when she does them, it elates me to no end."
(Linda Mielke, Daughter) "I could have gone to any family. I have the family that I absolutely love. You'll have friends come and go, but your mom will always be there for you. No matter the up's and down's, the difficulties that you're having with your marriage, or your family, she can always relate to it."
After Mary Jo's husband passed Linda asked her to move from California to Minot. Now, the whole family's happy, especially during Mothers Day.
(Linda Mielke, Daughter) "I love it. It's spending about 15 years having to drive over 1,800 miles to go visit. It's nice to be able to go 5 minutes to see her now."
Their bond was made even stronger because Linda was a child from closed adoption, and has never met her biological parents. But, even in her adult years she doesn't wonder who those mysterious people could have been.
(Linda Mielke, Daughter) "I'm going there is two people out there that I am blood related to, but have no desire to want to further any relationship with because I have the best relationship I could with the mom who raised me.
(Mary Jo Hamilton, Mother) "It's unbelievable for me. I guess maybe I thought I would never have children, but to have two that I dearly love, it's just a felling in your heart, and it's almost indescribable in words. It's just amazing."
Linda now has two boys of her own, and says the choices and lessons she learned from her Mom will be passed down to their generation. In Minot, Bonnie Campo KX News.
Mary Jo and Linda said now that they are older, their celebration is a low-key affair.