Metro Detroiters find ways to celebrate Mother's Day during the pandemic

Posted at 12:25 PM, May 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-10 18:23:50-04

Today is Mother’s Day and if you didn’t get to treat mom the way you would have hoped — you’re not alone.

Many families have had to adapt to the shutdown.

Taking mom out for brunch or dinner is out of the question this year. A shopping trip to handpick a gift probably didn’t happen either.

So how are families in our area celebrating mom during the shutdown?

“Take what you can with your family whether it’s a Zoom meeting or maybe you have to stand in the driveway while your family is waving,” said Deborah Hurren, who is missing her 74-year-old mom on Mother’s Day.

“She is the glue that pulls us together and keeps us going,” Hurren said.

Her mom is in Florida right now and because of the pandemic, the Hurren family don't want to travel, so she sent her mom a gift and planned a Zoom call.

“My mom has taught us to make the best of everything we can,” Hurren said.

Many in metro Detroit said they were video chatting with their kids and grand kids. Some said they were getting takeout, like Brenda Tosch.

Others like Pat Zellman plan to say hi to their family from the porch.

“I think of one word when I think of us as mothers and it’s ‘strength,‘" Hurren said. "We have to be strong, not only for us but for our families.”

She knows that first hand while raising a daughter and earning a master's degree. One thing is clear — moms are the heroes of their own family.

“I know we will come out of this," Hurren said. "I’m there with that hope. I guess that’s a strong word for us moms these days is ‘hope.’"

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