Happy Mother’s Day …. (well, tomorrow)


Happy Mother’s Day to all TOD mothers – and their mothers and mothers-in-law!


Marian Robinson and Michelle


Ann Dunham and Barack



Ann Dunham


Marian Robinson


Election night, 2008


Election night, 2008


Inauguration Day, 2009


Remember, don’t ever compare your mother-in-law to a dog:


Chat away!

135 Responses to “Happy Mother’s Day …. (well, tomorrow)”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    May 11, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Thanks! 😆

    • 3 vcprezofan2
      May 11, 2013 at 10:11 pm

      Well. thanks … tomorrow.

    • 4 99ts
      May 11, 2013 at 10:12 pm

      So there I was reading your replies vc – and you snuck in first – wtg – enjoy your evening

      • 5 vcprezofan2
        May 11, 2013 at 10:15 pm

        Well, 99ts, you ‘snuck in first’ on the grand-parenting deal – and is now way ahead! 😉 😉

    • 6 vcprezofan2
      May 11, 2013 at 10:12 pm

      Be sure to give Mother Chips her annual hug-from-TODobots!

      • 10 vcprezofan2
        May 11, 2013 at 10:21 pm

        Thank you, kind sir. You and I haven’t crossed paths in a while… how are you and yours doing these days?

        • May 11, 2013 at 10:32 pm

          About as well as one can VC. Thanks for asking! Finally got my dad home from the hospital after removing his tumor….and ended up w/ strep throat. During finals! Nonetheless, the long drawn out saga will be over on Tuesday….and I will be joining the cast of True Blood at that point, catching up on years of sleep** Hope all is well on your end?

          • 12 vcprezofan2
            May 11, 2013 at 10:39 pm

            All is very well at my end, LP, and it’s great to hear that things have been picking up for you in these different areas, particularly vis-a-vis your dad. You have been such a hard worker here in the midst of all your other issues that I don’t see you sleeping over much, but I hope you’ll have a good summer with all the sleep/rest your body needs. 😉

    • 13 MightyPamela
      May 11, 2013 at 11:27 pm

      Woo, Hoo, Hoot! She. Is. Back! 😉 {{{{{VC}}}}}

      • 14 vcprezofan2
        May 12, 2013 at 7:25 am

        Good Morning, MP {{{MP}}} and a ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ to you! Have a great time skyping, etc. 😆

        Yes, I am back, though I do feel like a part of me has been lost along the way because of all the posts I’ve missed. Hopefully the feeling will eventually go away over time. 😛

        • 15 MightyPamela
          May 12, 2013 at 11:01 am

          Happy Mothers Day to you as well, my friend VC! Can’t speak to whether or not you will ever fully catch up, as there are so many posts, but you will very soon have regained your sense of utter belonging ~ that is just the trademark quality of TOD, and how much everyone here looks after each other! Off to tidy the birdbaths in the rain! The crows make a terrible mess put there, bringing dead baby birds they steal from others, trash from restaurant garbage cans, amazing what they will eat. But then, hey, they are compelled by nature to feed their own young, so we have to look after their water supply as well! Right? {{{{{VC}}}}}

          • 16 vcprezofan2
            May 12, 2013 at 12:28 pm

            Thanks, P! We got lots of cold wind, a bit of hail 😯 and then rain. All that’s missing now is some sunlight, and since the day is still fairly young I am hanging out my wish basket. 😉

  2. May 11, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Blessings to all the mothers!

    • 18 globalcitizenlinda
      May 11, 2013 at 10:45 pm

      a very happy Mothers’ Day for all mothers, and the grandmothers, aunties, sisters and friends who have to take on the duties of child rearing

      • May 11, 2013 at 11:20 pm

        One of my friends lost her mother very recently and another is living through her mother’s final illness now. Special blessings to those who are living through these intense times this Mother’s Day.

  3. 21 99ts
    May 11, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Hello Ms Chips – already today in my world – waiting impatiently for babe and grandbabe – at least I have learned not to get the meal ready before they arrive!

  4. 24 anniebella
    May 11, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    I love the pictures of POTUS and his Mother-in-law. They have such love and respect for each other. I love that.

  5. May 11, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Thank you for the post Chips..Happy Mothers Day to all the Mom/Grandma/GGma’s out there! Please RT or share this in any way possible …… will only take a few minutes to fill out TY!

    • 26 jackiegrumbacher
      May 11, 2013 at 10:27 pm

      My heart aches thinking of the kind of Mother’s Day this will be for the Sandyhook families. I hope they have many, many sources of support to get them through.

  6. 29 lovingandlaughing
    May 11, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Beautiful post Chips! Thank goodness for Ann and Marian! Happy Mother’s Day to all the TOD mothers and of course to FLOTUS too!

  7. May 11, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    It would be nice if we could post our mothers’ pictures.

    • 31 jacquelineoboomer
      May 11, 2013 at 11:19 pm

      In my mind’s eye, I picture my mother up in heaven serving up the ice cream!

      When we were growing up, my mother served ice cream at home at 8 p.m. each evening, and I was offered it (when home at night) until I was 22 and moved to my own place. Of course, the offer came with cake or any other “sweet” that she had around! She called it “bed lunch.” Figures she’d make up a name for it! It’s a wonder she didn’t name the house after it; i.e., Ice Cream Manor.

      When my son was an infant and I lived across a bridge in another state (although only 20 mins. away), my mother called in desperation one snowy winter night to see if I’d go there and take her to the grocery store, since she didn’t drive. I asked if she could wait because (1) infant (2) lightly snowing. And then I asked her what she needed in such a hurry.

      Of course, she told me, “I’m all out of ice cream.”

      Good times.

      • May 11, 2013 at 11:30 pm

        Sounds like a great mom and that is a great story. Ice cream every day? Wow!

        • 33 jacquelineoboomer
          May 11, 2013 at 11:33 pm

          Only if you wanted it! She was taking it intravenously, methinks.

          She grew up during the Depression and I think ice cream was a special treat for her, and she never forgot that comfort (or taste). She was the youngest and spoiled and she told me when she was little, “If I walked to the store with Grandmom, I knew we’d be getting a pint of ice cream. But if I walked with Grandpap, it would be a quart.” She was still talking about that in her 80s. Ha!

          • May 11, 2013 at 11:37 pm

            I’m sorry, I don’t understand “only if you wanted it”. My mind cannot conceive of a being who might –not want–ice cream. The mind recoils…

            • 35 jacquelineoboomer
              May 11, 2013 at 11:43 pm

              Ha! Somebody on this thread is mentioning Woolworth’s … each year when we were little, my mother would take us three girls “downtown” to shop for each other’s Christmas gifts. Followed by, you guessed it, a trip to Woolworth’s for HOT FUDGE SUNDAES. And, after a trip to the dentist, when your mouth was so numb you couldn’t enjoy it, it was the same reward as we were walking home and she’d take us to the neighborhood parfait house for a sundae. All roads led to ice cream.

              We were so dumb we thought it was a treat for US.

              • May 12, 2013 at 12:13 am

                Mothers = cunning as foxes! I was lucky enough to live near a Sanders. Sanders Cream Puff Hot Fudge was to die for.

              • May 12, 2013 at 12:18 am

                My mother’s big treats were Cadbury’s Fruit and Nut Chocolate and Liquorice Allsorts. Tomorrow we should have a little ice cream and chocolate in honor of our mums 🙂

                • 38 jacquelineoboomer
                  May 12, 2013 at 12:22 am

                  No problem! Especially the chocolate part! 🙂

                  Oh, and, I could never list all of my mother’s favorite candies. This reply box isn’t that big, and I’m the Goddess of Overkill already!

                  • May 12, 2013 at 12:32 am

                    There was a candy from my mother’s childhood (in Wales) she called ‘cherry lips’. they were a bit like little jujubes. She talked about them a lot. One year when I was 17 and went to England to visit relatives I searched every candy shop in Great Britain (seemed like) to find them. I finally did find them in one little candy store and brought back bunches of them for her, along with malt bread which was also a favorite.

      • May 11, 2013 at 11:34 pm

        Great story and great mom! Ice cream every day? Wow! (I’m sure she had many other wonderful and loving qualities too, but — ice cream!)

        • 42 jacquelineoboomer
          May 11, 2013 at 11:37 pm

          Thanks. Yes, she was a star as a mother!

          And after I grew up and left home, I barely ate ice cream for the next couple of decades!

      • May 12, 2013 at 12:24 am

        What a fantastic memory! Sounds lovely.

  8. 45 anniebella
    May 11, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day. I’m early, but I will still say it, Happy Mother’s Day to Mrs Michelle Obama, to Mrs. Robinson, to all the wonderful Moms.

  9. 46 jackiegrumbacher
    May 11, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    My mother died 14 years ago. She was “grandma” and then it was just me on Mother’s Day. Then our daughter gave birth to our beautiful grandbaby in September and now I’m “Grandma”– the circle of life just rolling on. I still remember saving pennies for a mother’s day gift when I was a child and then going to Woolworth’s to get the gaudiest pair of earrings I could find (thinking that was value for my money.) Kudos to all moms who never flinch, no matter what the gift.

  10. 55 vcprezofan2
    May 11, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    FLOTUS is such a toucher/hugger! 😀 Between her and POTUS they have brightened untold lives, I’m sure. I bet they have positively impacted the HEALTH of lots and lots of people in America and around the world just by being their warm, loving selves.

  11. 56 Roberta in MN
    May 11, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day to all my friends at TOD. And Chips thanks for the tribute to the First Family’s Mother’s. Just Wonderful. And to all of us Mother’s Grandma’s that have lost their parents, they are with us all the time. I feel my Mother along side of me my whole life, watching out for me and mine. Good Night all. See you tomorrow. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  12. 57 utaustinliberal
    May 11, 2013 at 10:51 pm


    • 58 vcprezofan2
      May 11, 2013 at 10:54 pm

      Left you speechless, did it? 😀 Hi Utal! Are you all done with school too this year, or are you doing summer courses (again)?

  13. 59 globalcitizenlinda
    May 11, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    if anyone knows the twitter handle of the Eastern Kentucky University of its President, please share it.

    I think it might be a good idea to send the President of EKU and the university community a message of thanks for their warm welcome of FLOTUS.

    I think it is very important for PBO supporters to acknowledge the resident where Team Obama gets a very warm and respectful treatment – especially in these chronically red states

    some states make the news only when they are being criticized. I suspect it could be heartening to hear a positive comment

  14. May 11, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Popping in again for a mo.

    3 words: Magnificent Michelle Obama.

    3 more words: Super Frankie Lampard.

    Carry on!

  15. 69 jacquelineoboomer
    May 11, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    Chips – Thank you so much for these glorious photos. One of my favorite images of election night 2008 is the photo of Mrs. Robinson’s holding presidential candidate Obama’s hand, as they awaited the results. Sob.

  16. 71 MightyPamela
    May 11, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    And those of us Momma’s who live far from our offspring, well, we are very thankful for Skype! And WeChat, and all those techno tricks that make the distance seem less. Goodnight everyone, sweet dreams. See you on Mother’s Day! 🙂

  17. 72 Bill R.
    May 11, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    Marian Robinson is an elegant beautiful woman. She is a huge treasure and support for the Obama family I’m sure.

  18. 73 WilTal
    May 11, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    Hello everyone,

    Chips, thank you! Those photos are awesome! Although Mrs. Robinson could never replace PBO’s mom or grandmother, I am sure he feels blessed to have her in his life (lots of loving flowing between them).

    Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms! I dedicate this song “I’ll Always Love My Momma” by the Intruders. I’ll always love my momma, she’s my favorite girl. You only get one, you only one get…

    As usual, FLOTUS was fantastic at EKU. She is so inspiring. I love it when she talks about her humble background.

  19. 75 susanne
    May 11, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    aloha todville
    in case anyone here still hasn’t figured out what to give mom tomorrow:


    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  20. 76 vitaminlover
    May 11, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day all lady TOD’ers!

  21. 77 prettyfoot58
    May 11, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    A Mother’s Wish…..

    Happy Mother’s Day!

  22. 78 Bill R.
    May 12, 2013 at 12:01 am

    My mother died in Jan. after a lengthy decline from Alzheimer’s at age 89. It was a blessing that she left a body that was no longer capable of sustaining life, before she reached an advanced negative state. I tried for a while to care for her myself 24/7 in my own home, and with my wife’s support. Eventually it became too much and she want to a most excellent Memory Care Center. She stayed there until her death. They were three of the most tranquil years of her life. She was very peaceful and felt very secure there. She had lovely, caring women for her caregivers. My last contact with her was just before Christmas. She as no longer able to verbalize much, and didn’t seem to recognize me. I had an inspiration to sing to her, so I sang a verse of Silent Night and held her hand. She teared up and was touched, i could tell. I stood up to say good bye and leaned down and kissed her forehead and spoke in Italian to her, (her first language). I said “Io ti amo, Mom”. (I love you, Mom.) And she got big smile on her face. That was my last goodbye, and it was sweet.

  23. 85 prettyfoot58
    May 12, 2013 at 12:01 am

    You don’t often see pics of PBO interacting with Mrs. Robinson,,,,i really like these…they tell a story….

  24. 86 MightyPamela
    May 12, 2013 at 12:07 am

    July 4th will be 40 years since my Mom crossed over. I was holding her left hand, one of my brothers was holding her right hand. It was without a doubt the most fascinating and rewarding experience of this lifetime, for me, so far. Although birthing my own daughter rates pretty high…. (hey, haven’t I said goodnight already?! Oh yes, still waiting for my Skype call from Oz!)

    • 87 jacquelineoboomer
      May 12, 2013 at 12:34 am

      Good evening, MightyPamela. That is one memory you will never forget, that’s for sure. One of my most rewarding experiences relating to my own mother’s passing was the fact that my son was there with me. He was her favorite grandchild, plus I couldn’t have gotten through it without him! In fact, he’s the one who broke the news to me, since I was asleep (she passed away at home at 4 a.m., and he had gone in to check on her, since she was in Hospice care at home, and he slept there that night, away from his own family), and then he had to tell all of his children (who were devastated). And it was Christmas morning, but he told the kids, “We will go on with Christmas like never before, because Gram’s the one who taught us how to celebrate Christmas!” They ALL still talk about her, when we’re all together.

  25. 91 nathkatun7
    May 12, 2013 at 12:19 am

    Happy “Mothers Day” to all the TOD mothers, grandmothers and great grandmothers. Although they are no longer physically here with me my mother and my grandmother played such an important role in my life.

  26. May 12, 2013 at 12:38 am

    I love that picture of Marian and Michelle Obama. Snuggling with mum.

  27. May 12, 2013 at 12:54 am

    Bless you BillR and your mom who will always be with you. You are a good son……

  28. 101 MightyPamela
    May 12, 2013 at 1:10 am

    Finally checking out: my Skype call came through, it was lovely, just lovely. And now I am so tired, I will crash and try not to cry myself to sleep. Now I really miss my girl ~ so much for distance seeming less, eh? Oh well, I surely do feel loved, and have been given a promise of ‘mothers day to come’….. Believe you me, I will hold her to it! 😆 Goodnight my dear friends! Sweet dreams for sure.

  29. 104 yardarm756
    May 12, 2013 at 1:24 am

    HAPPY MOTHERS DAY TO ALL YOU MOTHERS!…………….and mutha’s too. 🙂

    • 105 nathkatun7
      May 12, 2013 at 2:20 am

      Thanks Yardarm for this great tribute to all the mothers and future mothers of TOD community. All the fabulous ladies here at TOD, and all the ladies behind the incredible men at TOD, deserve a standing ovation!

  30. 108 amk for obama
    May 12, 2013 at 2:02 am

    Heh BT. Where are the pics of MO and the girls ?

    • 109 vcprezofan2
      May 12, 2013 at 7:34 am

      Hi stranger, it’s been a looOOoong while! Tell me, are we divorced or just having a trial separation? Oh, and what did you bring back for me from your last trip? And no, I didn’t miss you at all, at all when I showed up here. 😉 😉 😛

      • 110 amk for obama
        May 12, 2013 at 9:13 am

        Hi ex. Found new gf in SA. Less demanding ….

        • 111 vcprezofan2
          May 12, 2013 at 10:19 am

          ‘…new gf in SA. Less demanding ….’
          Aha! For now, maybe. Some wimmin know how to enchant…initially… and how to make you feel needed cling. I’m sure if I wait long enough (I can be patient) you’ll come crawling back to the familiarity of my demanding-ness and my charming self-sufficiency.

    • 112 vcprezofan2
      May 12, 2013 at 7:35 am

      Leave BT CC alone. There was a pic of MO and the girls at the end of the video tribute – a fitting ‘end’, I thought.

      • May 12, 2013 at 7:48 am

        Thank you VC for defending my honor against Grumpy Guts and my, eh, rushed tribute to the mothers of PBO and Michelle!

        Moooooorning everyone, the mighty UT will be your R&S host today

        • 114 vcprezofan2
          May 12, 2013 at 7:56 am

          Morning, dear. My invoice will be in the mail soon-ish.

          ps. Hope you remembered to give your mom an extra M-Day hug from me (for putting up with protecting you from ‘harm’ the years before you reached 21yrs)?

          • May 12, 2013 at 7:59 am

            🙂 I will indeed give her a hug for you VC, you are very kind!! It was only yesterday she said to me, ‘I’m so relieved you’re 22 now, you’re not my moral responsibility any more’. Aw, cute!!! A happy mother’s day to you!

            • 116 vcprezofan2
              May 12, 2013 at 8:06 am

              Thanks! 😛 What do you want to bet Offspring will have forgotten about it …until he returns from church? I don’t do hints, so he generally forgets stuff like this. Not that I mind really. For his sake I only hope his future spouse won’t mind either, or that he’ll be smart enough to adjust his approach if she does.

  31. May 12, 2013 at 2:03 am

    Well worth reflecting … on Mothers’ Day, especially ….

    • 118 nathkatun7
      May 12, 2013 at 2:36 am

      Great tweet, Bobfr! The GOP are so keen at protecting the unborn life. Once a child is born, however, the GOP could care less about the quality of his/her life. And God forbid, if the child they valued so much at conception turns out to be a criminal who is alleged to have committed a capital offense. The same pro-life GOP are so eager to put her/him to death.

  32. 119 LaDLove
    May 12, 2013 at 2:41 am

    Happy Mothers Day to our first champions.

  33. 120 Sam Uk Obama Supporter
    May 12, 2013 at 6:51 am

    Happy Mothers Day to all Mom’s and Grandmothers here. Have a great day. We celebrated mother’s day in March here in the UK and my wonderful son gave me a book mark card which i use all the time (I love reading) but much more important than a lovely gift, he gives me a precious hug each and every day and tells me he loves me. That is the most wonderful gift he gives me and his Dad. He now has his first girlfriend who is equally beautiful as my son and she is also a very caring girl. We are so blessed.

    My heart goes out to all the mom’s who have lost precious children I know how bittersweet Mothers Day can be. Each of us are different but I feel my 4 little angel babies with me whenever I think of them but there is nothing I wouldnt do to have them here with us.

    Bless all you mom’s here and have a wonderful day.

  34. May 12, 2013 at 7:23 am

    Good morning TOD mothers. Happy Mother’s Day to every mother here or maybe a special aunt or friend to whom you were/are very close that is ‘like a mother’ to you. I hope everyone has a wonderful, special and joy-filled day. I do pray for all the mother’s who have lost a child, my daughter included. I pray especially for the Newtown mothers today.

    My mother is 95+ and still struggling and slowly declining each day/week. All she wants to do is “go home.” This past week she threw two temper tantrums……..she is so tried of living and fighting and zero quality of life. It is like she is a rebellious child who is angry and resentful that she is still living. My heart breaks for her. We are focusing on keeping her as comfortable as possible.

  35. 124 Jovie
    May 12, 2013 at 7:43 am

    • 125 prettyfoot58
      May 12, 2013 at 8:25 am

      It is gooood that the GOP obstruction is challenged head on!!….I often think that the DEMS are worried about the time that they are not in the majority… what the GOP might do…but I think that they may now realize that although the DEMS have the majority of the Senate…that on issues like this it does not seem to matter …because of GOP Obstruction…it will be interesting to see how the press covers this..

  36. 126 vcprezofan2
    May 12, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Gone to make big breakfast to facilitate Offspring’s church attendance (on his return probably will have to answer again why I haven’t been attending, as someone will no doubt ask where I am). 🙄 😀

    • 127 globalcitizenlinda
      May 12, 2013 at 8:16 am

      that is a question that many ask and yet it hard to answer because usually the person asking may be offended by an honest answer. I learned to just grin and try to move the conversation to another topic

      • 128 prettyfoot58
        May 12, 2013 at 8:29 am

        the answer may do them good if they are truly concerned…

      • 129 vcprezofan2
        May 12, 2013 at 10:10 am

        ‘usually the person asking may be offended by an honest answer’

        So true, GCL! The first person I ran into after I had abruptly stopped attending our once-a-month women’s prayer get-together unfortunately caught me by surprise, so I blurted out that I had ‘outgrown’ the sessions. She was somewhat offended. And yes I know one doesn’t outgrow prayer; there were other issues, but that was what came out. Oh well, I’m told they are praying for me 😆 😆 One less tactful friend, when I met with most of the group to celebrate another friend’s 40th birthday recently, introduced me to a new face as ‘This is the [VC] we have been praying for’. 🙄

  37. May 12, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Good morning to All Mothers!

    Over the years my mother has been my biggest cheerleader. Her unconditional love, teaching, sacrifices, and support have been a beacon guiding me, especially when I became a mother. I often find myself doing something and realize that it’s something my mother would do. For me, saying that I am becoming my mother is a positive thing because my mother is one of the most honorable persons I know. I have also been fortunate to have a loving and supportive mother-in-law with whom I am very close.

    It was really great to hear from GoBrooklyn on one of last evening’s posts and to know that she was upbeat and was having a good day. Continuing to pray for her improved health.

  38. 131 jackiegrumbacher
    May 12, 2013 at 8:23 am

    You were truly blessed at birth, SW. Have a wonderful Mother’s Day.

  39. 134 prettyfoot58
    May 12, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Interesting Comment….

    John Suler, who has been teaching psychology for 30-plus years at Rider University, has a name for what drives the bad behavior: online disinhibition effect.
    “When people have the opportunity to separate their actions from their real world and identity, they feel less vulnerable about opening up,” Suler says. “Whatever they say or do can’t be directly linked to the rest of their lives. They don’t have to own their behavior by acknowledging it within the full context of who they ‘really’ are.
    “When acting out hostile feelings,” he adds, “the person doesn’t have to take responsibility for those actions. In fact, people might even convince themselves that those behaviors ‘aren’t me at all.’ In psychology this is called ‘dissociation.’ “

  40. May 12, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Thank you for the lovely photo tribute to our leaders’ Moms! I love how you can see the love between the President and his mother-in-law…the election night photos on the couch….you can tell, she’s there for him! Love these. Thank you!

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