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ISSUE 118 VOL 8 PUBLISHED 11/12/2004

Bonding over brunch

By Jean Mullins
News Editor


Friday, November 12, 2004

The annual Mother/Son Brunch was the culmination of an eventful weekend. On Saturday, mothers and sons enjoyed a dinner together at 6 p.m. Earlier in the day St. Olaf put on the annual Gospel Choir concert in the Pause, and many mothers enjoyed the event with their sons before attending dinner.

Brunch the next morning was held after Chapel in the Black and Gold Ballroom. Mothers and their sons enjoyed a meal and then listened to the speaker for the event, Carol Holly, professor of English.

Holly related her experiences as a mother of a son to the group. She started off her speech with an ironic story: Her son is currently studying in Germany and her husband had left a few days before to visit him. Therefore, she was left alone to hold down the fort and attend the Mother/Son Brunch without her son.

Holly told tales of her sons youth, explaining that he was not the only one who grew during that time period. She started off her personal account saying, "I want to talk about my education as a mother."

She told the crowd that she was amazed at the dependence of a small child-the gifts and the momentary annoyances. "Sometimes I wondered if I would ever have a life again," Holly said.

However, she was soon reminded of the joy of being a mother. "This is the most important thing I have ever done in my life," she said.

Holly described her sons adolescence as a time of great tribulation in their relationship. "These were the years when mom became the enemy," she said.

She told the audience that these years taught her patience, compassion and understanding among other virtues necessary to dealing with an adolescent son.

Holly said that memories of her own adolescence, chats with friends who had had difficult adolescences with their own sons, and the example of her male students assured her that her son would eventually calm down.

Holly said her son has found a new maturity when he reached college. She described his new-found interest in his parents, his helpfulness around the house, even giving his mother a hug before boarding an airplane to go back to school.

Holly concluded her speech saying, "Our sons do become wonderful human beings."

Brunch the next morning was held after Chapel in the Black and Gold Ballroom. Mothers and their sons enjoyed a meal and then listened to the speaker for the event, Carol Holly, professor of English.

Holly related her experiences as a mother of a son to the group. She started off her speech with an ironic story: Her son is currently studying in Germany and her husband had left a few days before to visit him. Therefore, she was left alone to hold down the fort and attend the Mother/Son Brunch without her son.

Holly told tales of her sons youth, explaining that he was not the only one who grew during that time period. She started off her personal account saying, "I want to talk about my education as a mother."

She told the crowd that she was amazed at the dependence of a small child-the gifts and the momentary annoyances. "Sometimes I wondered if I would ever have a life again," Holly said.

However, she was soon reminded of the joy of being a mother. "This is the most important thing I have ever done in my life," she said.

Holly described her sons adolescence as a time of great tribulation in their relationship. "These were the years when mom became the enemy," she said.

She told the audience that these years taught her patience, compassion and understanding among other virtues necessary to dealing with an adolescent son.

Holly said that memories of her own adolescence, chats with friends who had had difficult adolescences with their own sons, and the example of her male students assured her that her son would eventually calm down.

Holly said her son has found a new maturity when he reached college. She described his new-found interest in his parents, his helpfulness around the house, even giving his mother a hug before boarding an airplane to go back to school.

Holly concluded her speech saying, "Our sons do become wonderful human beings."





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