Parenting a son from afar is tricky for a mom. While mothers and sons have a special bond, showing your love and how much you miss your fella means walking a fine line between just right and just plain awkward. Who better to sort out that quandary than a posse of mothers of boys who attended an all-boys high school?
The other night a group of the Class of 2013 moms from St. Christopher’s School created Valentine’s Day care packages for our freshman guys. The gathering proved as much a social event to catch up with each other as it was a package-assembly task. With a current email list from the school’s Development Office, an evite encouraged all class moms to attend, bring a bottle of wine or snack, and 15 items (all the same thing) for the care packages. Take a look at the creativity and variety of goodies collected, starting with homemade sweets
and the traditional Valentine’s candy we know the boys love.
Some moms really had the boys’ best interest at heart, bringing healthier snacks and cold remedies.
Although I cannot claim this, someone knows my son’s favorite junk-fix.
One astute mom thought to re-stock school supplies as they have usually disappeared in the depths of the backpack by mid-semester, while
another clever lady contributed a harmless, non-digital amusement.
An organized soul brought enough postal service boxes to hold the goods,
and we filled them from the bounty brought by the loving mamas.
Each boy’s package also contains a personalized card that the moms all signed
while we sat down together and enjoyed each other’s company.
At The Gracious Posse, we love a party with a purpose, and I can’t think of a better one than to package an expression of our motherly love to our sons.
- 2 sticks butter (or margerine) softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup chopped nuts
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Beat softened butter, sugar, vanilla and salt in mixer. Gradually beat in flour.
- Stir in chips and nuts.
- Mixture tends to be very crumbly. Don't worry, just dump it in an ungreased 15x10 inch jelly roll pan and press dough in as EVENLY as possible.
- Original recipe says to bake for 20-25 minutes BUT in my oven it takes just 16 minutes to get golden brown.
- Cool COMPLETELY, dump out of pan and break cookie into irregular pieces.
- For variety, use semi-sweet, white and milk chocolate chips.
February 11, 2014