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For parents and children alike, Mom's the word

Holiday celebrated by many

Holiday celebrated by many

May 14, 2007|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

HAGERSTOWN - For some, it was a trip to her favorite restaurant.

Others received handmade cards and sweets.

However area residents showed Mom they loved her Sunday, mothers said spending time with their children was the greatest gift.

Amy Finneyfrock of Hagerstown and her boyfriend, Scott Jones, also of Hagerstown, went to lunch with Finneyfrock's daughters before heading to City Park.

Alyssa Finneyfrock, 7, and Annie Finneyfrock, 8, said they gave their mom a bowl made of clay and a purse. Annie said she wanted to go to the park with her mom so they could walk and play.

Tomara Harris, who lives in Howard County, Md., decided to travel to Washington County for Mother's Day with her 8-year-old daughter, Maria, and her fianc, Michael Holland. Harris said she wanted to spend the day shopping and seeing the sights. She started the celebration early with dinner Friday.

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Maria said she gave her mother flowers and a card for Mother's Day.

"She liked the flowers," Maria said. "And I made her something and I colored it."

Cathy McCusker of Hagerstown said now that her children are grown, Mother's Days are a bit different, but this year's was one of the only ones she has spent without her son, who lives in West Virginia. He was in an accident and is away completing eight months of rehabilitation, she said.

"I was able to write to him," McCusker said.

She spent Sunday with her boyfriend and his daughter.

McCusker said her daughter took her to dinner Saturday night at her favorite restaurant, China City in Martinsburg, W.Va.

"This (Mother's Day) was different than many I've had," she said. "I'm just fortunate to have my son. It could be worse."

Barbara Murphy of Hagerstown spent Sunday with her three grown sons, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren.

Her son, Steve Murphy, his wife, Elizabeth, and their two children drove from Alexandria, Va., to spend the day with Murphy and her two other sons. They started the day by eating lunch at City Park in Hagerstown.

"This is the kids' favorite park," Barbara Murphy said.

Elizabeth Murphy said her children, Kyra and Declan, took her to breakfast before they made the trip to Hagerstown. They also made her pictures using their handprints.

Barbara Murphy said she was surprised with a Mother's Day cake, a card and sweets.

"We're just having everyone together (today)," she said.

Valerie Slater of Hagerstown said she was spending some time with her three children Sunday before she went to work at 3 p.m.

"Yeah, I have to work today," she said.

Her Mother's Day celebration will have to wait until Saturday, she said, when a picnic has been planned.

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