Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

 

Thanks mom for being there for all of us kids, even when I probably didn’t deserve it

This weekend is Mother’s Day. Why do we celebrate? Because she is the one that is always there…or should be. When we’re young we know we can run to her when we fall and skin our knee because she will make “it” feel better. When we stay home from school sick, maybe even throwing up in the toilet, she’s the one that is rubbing our back saying it’ll be okay…I’m here for you.

When we got a bad haircut and didn’t want to go to school, or worse yet, when a zit emerged making us feel like we’d become the butt of everyone’s jokes at school, mom was there with comfort.

Mothers are simply the best!

Some of us were certainly luckier than others along this road in life. Mom for me meant a nicely prepared breakfast every morning…cooked in three shifts: one for my dad who would rise and be out of the house early; round two for the three older kids before we went off to school and finally, another serving for the two younger sisters. Afterwards, when I did leave for school, I left with a bagged lunch, made fresh each morning, always including a sandwich, chips, a piece of fruit and a little dessert.

And guess what, when we arrived home from school, and/or sports, the kitchen counters were always filled with racks of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies or the many other treats she’d always surprise us with.

Friends used to want to come to our house with us because they knew what was waiting there. In fact, one friend felt so comfortable that he’d walk into our kitchen, take a few cookies, grab the milk out of the fridge and pour himself a glass of milk to wash it down.

But that’s what my mom wanted…to make all of us kids feel proud of the home we lived in.

Did I mention, too, that somehow/some way, the entire house magically cleaned itself and our beds were made when were off at school?

It didn’t stop there, she also made dinner EVERY night…and it was always good, no, great…including a more formal sit-down affair each and every Sunday.

There were other things – I remember when I got my first paper route (yes, I’ve been in this business a long time), guess who would rise and shine on those cold, early rainy mornings to drive the car while I threw papers? Right.

The person who would drop everything she was doing to drive me to the golf course every day and pick me up later when it became dark? You got it.

My mom loved us no matter what. All five of us. Sure, there were times when she showed her disappointment, but only because she knew we could do better.

And trust me, I gave her every opportunity to give up on a kid and only love the others; fortunately, she never did.

And all she really asked for in return, or so it seemed, was for her weekly trip to the beauty parlor.

My mom is still with us…94 next month. She’s certainly not what she used to be, but she’s still a person that always smiles and loves in the only way she’s capable of now, while fully engulfed in a battle that Alzheimer’s seems to be winning.

Still, you should all be so lucky!

Happy Mother’s Day to my mom this weekend, and to all the others out there that make their kid’s lives better, no matter what!

Let’s make sure we all show them our thanks!

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This weekend is the 2024 Aliso Pro Am, the first stop of this year’s West Coast Skim Tour where top pros and the best amateurs will battle it out to be west coast champions. Premiere Skim takes place at Aliso Beach from Saturday, May 11, beginning at 7:30 a.m., concluding at the end of the day on Sunday, May 12.

The Premier Skimboard League is “a concept which has come from many years of competing, volunteering and sitting in a classroom wishing to be at the beach,” according to current board members Clay Powell, Kyle Willcox and Miles Boyd.

Now the concept is a reality as they strive to bring skimboarding to a new competitive level.

To support and purchase tickets for the event, go to www.premiereskim.com.

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Gallery Q at the Susi Q will present its new show, “Visual Creations,” between May 15 and July 10 in collaboration with the Community Art Project (CAP) of Laguna Beach.

Entries will be accepted this Thursday, May 9 between 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or from 5-6 p.m. Mark your calendar for the opening reception is scheduled for Friday, May 17 from 5-6:30 p.m. and it is open to the public.

“The Visual Creations exhibition allows for a wide range of innovative art forms,” said Judy Baker, Gallery Q’s arts coordinator and Susi Q’s finance manager. “We’re excited to once again honor the creativity of our artists.”

Susi Q and Gallery Q continue to celebrate their Arts Patron Award, given by the Laguna Beach Arts Alliance for their stellar work in nurturing art in the town. The award also recognizes Susi Q’s literary and music programs, but Gallery Q is the workhorse of their arts outreach.

“I’m so proud of Arts Director Bill Atkins, Judy Baker and of course the wonderful Carole Zavala who founded Gallery Q and chairs its Arts Advisory Board for the honor,” said Nadia Babayi, executive director of the Susi Q. “I’m looking forward to the new show!”

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Courtesy of Susi Q

Judy Baker and Bill Atkins displaying recent Arts Patron Award received for the Laguna Beach Arts Alliance for their continuing work in nurturing arts in Laguna Beach

Gallery Q, located at the Susi Q, 380 Third St., is dedicated to supporting upcoming and established artists in the community. All media are accepted for their shows, including photography, collage, paintings, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, relief, mosaics, jewelry, textiles, mixed media and digital art.

Artists should drop off their artwork with a completed application form available at www.thesusiq.org along with an entry fee of $25 and $5 for one additional submission (until exhibit space is no longer available). Late submissions won’t be accepted.

The artwork must remain for the duration of the show, which will take place from May 15 through July 10. The public will be able to view the art during normal business hours on weekdays between 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

“Invite your friends and family to the reception on May 17. There’ll be beverages, including wine for a donation, as well as music and appetizers,” Baker said. “Limited free underground parking is available too.”

Artists may sell their work directly to would-be buyers or exhibit work not-for-sale.

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The question presented by the Laguna Arts Museum – Is this the best kids’ summer camp in town?

I don’t know, so you be the judge – but here’s what they’re offering. The LAM Kids’ Summer Camp Series combines museum-quality art instruction and interactive fun on Mondays, a day when the museum is closed, beginning June 24.

The LAM Kids Summer Day Camp and Mini Camp series takes place from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. for kids 6-12 years old, or 3-5 p.m. for the Mini.

Here are some of the weekly class titles – Art Adventure (June 24), Awesome Animals (July 8), Creation Station (July 15), Cartoons (July 22), Under the Sea (July 29) and Art Play (August 5).

Check it all out here – https://lagunaartmuseum.org/lam-kids-summer/.


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