Local people discuss mothers and motherhood on Mother's Day

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Regional - posted Mon., May. 13, 2013
(L to r) Diana Sackman, Lynn Sackman-Aper and Mary Levesque celebrated Mother's Day in Putnam. Photos by D. Coffey.
(L to r) Diana Sackman, Lynn Sackman-Aper and Mary Levesque celebrated Mother's Day in Putnam. Photos by D. Coffey.

The door to the kitchen at Bill's Bread and Breakfast in Putnam swung like a revolving door on May 12, as staff struggled to keep up with the rush of Mother's Day patrons. Among them were waitresses – and moms - Rhonda Collins and Jenifer Mainetti. Collins wore a necklace that her 10-year-old son, Dakota, had made for her. He slipped painted tubes of paper on a plastic string, and attached it to a decorative foil square. On the square he painted a mountain and a sun. Collins showed it off proudly when asked.

Mainetti would have shown off the flowers her 3-year-old son, Chase, had picked and brought in for her, but he had taken them home already. “They needed water,” she said. The Guilford resident works weekends but has the week with her son, a trade she considers fair. “I always felt like I had so much love waiting to give and then there he was,” she said. 

Roger Bernier, who was once a little boy himself, listened at the counter as the women spoke.  “My mom was number one,” he said. Bernier was having breakfast before heading out to Cleveland, Ohio and a part time job to supplement his retirement income. He was on a hunting trip in Maine in 1999 when a Fish and Game helicopter flew in looking for him. “I knew as soon as I saw it that my mother had died,” he said. “I wish she was still alive.”

It was the same sentiment Mary Levesque shared of her mother, Alice Szymanski. “She was kind-hearted,” Levesque said, shrugging her shoulders as if there weren't the words to describe her. “She gave everything to us.”

Noah Zimmermann said as much when asked about his mom. “She gives us everything we need,” the 8-year-old said, as he read a Smurf Soup comic book. “She takes us out. She helps us with all kinds of things.” His sister Sophie sat nearby reading her Looney Tunes comic book. She had given her mom the gift of sleeping in for Mother's Day. “I got Noah breakfast,” she said.

At The Main Street Grille, working moms Kayla Viens, Krystal Phillips and Laura Fisher Andersen cleaned up before heading home. New mom Kayla Viens said the birth of her son Jackson changed everything for her. “Everything is different,” she said as she vacuumed the floor. She showed the Alex and Ani bracelet she got for Mother's Day. “And he has quite good taste,” she said.

“I love being a mom,” said Krystal Phillips as she washed the restroom floors. “It's not an easy job, but I give my kids the best life I can. I love them to death. They're a gift from God.”

Andersen called herself blessed to have four children. Her three youngest are in their teens. “It doesn't get better, it gets different,” she said on the subject of motherhood. “It evolves.”

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