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Every year, mothers are honored on the second Sunday in May. This day is celebrated in many ways, but holidays and celebrations are not the same for everyone.

Council on Aging

Fortunate are those who have their mothers and can offer their gratitude with flowers, gifts or breakfast in bed. For many of us, our mothers have been gone for many a Mother’s Day. And for those who have no children or whose children live far away, this day can create an empty feeling.

I am blessed to have two daughters and three godchildren. Through the years, they have given me much love and joy. But how can I honor my mother, who has been gone for a long time? Are flowers and a gravesite visit enough? Not for me. I have always felt that when I show kindness to any older woman, that some of that kindness honors my mother. That my mother will somehow know that it is really for her. I believe that Mother’s Day is the time to respect mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters and friends. We can commemorate Mother’s Day by honoring all women and even much younger women because someday they too may become mothers.

“Be Safe at Home” is the topic of the lecture on May 8 at 10 a.m. On May 22 at 10 a.m. at Blair House in Tewksbury, we’ll talk over coffee and pastries about the “Myths and Realities of Nursing Homes.”

On May 29 at 9:30 a.m., Golden Age Entertainment will sponsor an event on Alzheimer’s caregivers. Breakfast, games, gifts and entertainment with Tim Barrett will accompany the event. This is a free event, but you must sign up at the senior center.

Quick trips this month include Wal-Mart on May 2, the Dollar Store in Methuen on May 9, followed with lunch at a local restaurant; the Dollar Tree in Wilmington, followed by lunch at Rocco’s Italian restaurant; Kimball’s Ice Cream on May 23; and the Super Wal-Mart in Salem, N.H., with lunch at the 99 restaurant on May 30. Beginning Wednesdays with a stop at Mike’s on May 7, quick trips will be made at noon to local ice cream stands. Contact the senior center for future dates.

Good news from the LRTA: The Dracut-Tyngsboro route will now service the Dracut Council on Aging on both the inbound and outbound routes from 8:35 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. from Ayotte’s market.

This month’s movie, Yankee Doodle Dandy, starring James Cagney, Joan Leslie and Walter Houston, will be shown on May 13. It’s about the life of renowned muscial composer, playwright, actor, dancer and singer George M. Cohan.

A bereavement group will be held on May 15 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

May is also Older Americans Month. Established in 1963, it is a time to recognize the contributions by older Americans. We especially wish to recognize our veterans for their service and invite them to our veterans breakfast on May 20 at 9 a.m. Entertainment will be supplied by Come Back Kids, sponsored by a grant from the Dracut Cultural Council.

Please visit www.dracut.ma.us or stop by the senior center for a complete listing of our classes and activities at the Dracut Council on Aging, the “Best Place in Town.”

Joyce Shadan is the executive director of the Dracut Council on Aging.