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The Mother’s Day Tea

Veteran Participant May

1st Place Vet

Cora Peterson had just arranged the last of the roses when the timer on her stove buzzed. “The honey cake is ready!” she exclaimed in delight. As a member of the Mothers of the Llamacorns Club, she had the privilege of organizing this year’s Mother’s Day Tea. While she busied herself preparing the drizzle glaze, she smiled as she thought back to previous Mother’s Day Teas.

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It had started with her three friends, Louanne, Priscilla, and Mabel. They had been young mothers then and the event had started as a way to celebrate them being mothers. But over the years it had taken on a kind of competition. It wasn’t enough just to host the tea, oh no, they had to invite a famous mother as well. Louanne had been first and had invited a famous baker who wanted to impress everyone with her Baked Alaska dessert and set the kitchen on fire. Next, Mabel had invited a wine connoisseur who proceeded to drink too much nectar and passed out in the middle of the street. But the best was when Priscilla invited a film critic who looked like “that” famous actress and the paparazzi had trampled Priscilla’s prized azaleas trying to get a picture of her. Well, actually, they didn’t really talk about that one much.

But this year would be different. Cora’s smile broadened until it crinkled her blue eyes.  Yes, this year she would have the most esteemed guest.

 

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“So where is she?” asked Priscilla impatiently, as she sipped daintily from the china cup. Priscilla Newstead was the club’s president who seemed to have a permanent frown on her face.

“Oh she’ll be here at 4 pm”, answered Cora politely, as she tucked a lock of grey hair behind her ear.

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“Is she coming from another town?” Mabel interjected, helping herself to another piece of honey cake. Mabel Littlewood was the club’s treasurer, who had a great sense of humor and a great love of desserts.

“Oh no she’s local,” replied Cora smoothing her dress as she sat down.

“We have a famous local mother? How exciting!” exclaimed Louanne, clapping her hands like a small child. Louanne Butterworth was the club’s secretary, although the truth was that Priscilla took most of the meeting notes. Louanne often became easily distracted.

“It’s probably the librarian. Didn’t she write a children’s book?” affirmed Priscilla.

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“Oh I read that book…it’s about a marvelous train journey,” Louanne said, her straw hat bobbing on her head as she talked.

“Or it could be that single mother who just moved into town. Someone said she’s a famous musician,” replied Mabel in between bites of honey cake.

The conversation ensued.

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Soon it was 4pm and there was a knock on the door.

“Oh, finally, it’s her. The suspense has been killing me!” said Priscilla opening up her compact and applying some powder to her nose.

Cora went to answer the door, as the three friends talked amongst themselves. Cora came back with her daughter, Hannah, and her granddaughter, Emma, in tow.

“I don’t mean to be rude, Cora, but where is our guest of honor?” asked Mabel in a hushed tone.

Before Cora could reply, her granddaughter ran from the room shouting, “Grandma, she’s here, she’s here! She’s in the backyard!”

“Well, Cora, I was having my doubts that you had actually invited a famous mother today,” stated Priscilla smugly.

As Cora opened the door to the backyard, there for all to see, was a cat with her kittens.

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Cora turned and announced, “May I introduce you to Miss Cleo. A new mother who had her kittens under my porch.”

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“THIS is your esteemed guest?” asked Priscilla in a shrill voice.

“Yes, it is,” said Cora firmly, “I felt we had lost touch with the true meaning of Mother’s Day. It is a day to celebrate mothers, not just mothers who are famous.”

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Everyone was quiet after Cora said this.

“She’s absolutely right, Priscilla, it’s time things changed,” Mabel spoke up and then immediately regretted her remark as Priscilla scowled at her.

“Priscilla, don’t you remember when your Louisa was born? How tiny she was? Miss Cleo is a wonderful guest. A new mother looking after her… ” Louanne squinted as she counted the kittens, “…three new babies!”

Priscilla looked at everyone and cleared her throat. “Cora, you’re right. We used to celebrate just being mothers and somehow it got complicated. I was thinking that maybe this could become a community event. To celebrate not only mothers but those with mother-like or nurturing attributes. A real Mother’s Day Tea. I never said anything before because I was just not sure you ladies would go for the idea.”

 

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And with that everyone smiled and hugged and declared that Cora had hosted the best Mother’s Day Tea ever!

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Addendum:

I was totally stunned that I won 1st place for this story as there were so many wonderful stories submitted for May. Neck-in-neck, 1st place was a 3-way tie until the final hour when a tie-breaker voter voted for my story. Thank you so much to this mystery voter, and to everyone who read and voted for my story. I am so proud to have won 1st place two months in a row. Thank you again to everyone who read and voted for my story. I feel honored to be part of this community.

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Author’s Notes:

#MonthlySimLitShortStoryChallenge

Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my short story submission. A new month. A new short story theme. This month’s theme is mother … motherhood … mothering with an 800-word limit. I didn’t think I would have time to complete this entry as I am sick with a cold and I am preparing for a trip in two weeks. But even I surprise me sometimes! I hope you enjoyed it. And to all those who are mothers or wanna-be-mothers or have nurturing mother-like qualities – Happy Mother’s Day!

If you’re interested in submitting a SimLit story or want more information, you can find info on thesims.com forums Monthly SimLit Short Story Challenge and you can also read about it on the organizer’s website HERE. (our dear LisaBeeSims). She also has other links on her site, so check it out!

Be sure to read all of the entries (Novice and Veteran) for the Monthly Simlit Short Story Challenge. There will then be a vote, so be sure to vote for the top 3 short stories in each category.

Additional Photo:

I know we were limited to 8 photos, but this was TOO cute that I had to share.

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Credits:

I could never have done this story without the help of some “background” rooms. Thank you to these simmers for their wonderful builds.smal country kitchen.png

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SURFS BACKYARD CHALLENGE

And the story just wouldn’t be complete without these sims, which I created. No cc. Hannah and Emma were “genetically” created in CAS.

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33 thoughts on “The Mother’s Day Tea

  1. Such a lovely story! The ladies were quite amusing and I like that they finally realized what motherhood is all about. The cat being the special guest is also a fun twist.

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  2. Awwww. This was lovely! The ladies were all quite amusing, and I had a bit of a laugh, especially at Priscilla. LOL! I bet she was a lot of fun to play. I love the surprise ending. Cats are mothers too, and I’m glad they realized the importance of what motherhood is. I think from now on, this event will be a lot more fun instead of just a stuffy old lady party. ❤️

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  3. This story is as sweet as honey cake! I’m so glad for the break from all the tear-jerker stories, lol! I must admit that I was right there with the ladies at first, “they waited all that time for a cat?!” But a great lesson learned for them and for me. Seriously though, it’s a good message for our popularity obsessed culture. I saw an interview where an actress (I won’t say who) complained about how other mothers have it so easy because she has to take her kids to work with her. She went on and on about the trouble her kids got in on the set. But her view was unfair as she has plenty of money and could easily hire a nanny to watch her kids. She chooses to take them to her job and be responsible for them on set and because she’s famous, the studios allow her to do so. She put down mothers less fortunate than her when she actually has it much much better as most mothers have little to no choice in where their kids must go while they work. Fame doesn’t make someone more important or better or more deserving than everyone else. Sorry for the long post and tangent.

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  4. What a cute story! I had a feeling the guest was not famous (and suspected it might be the ladies’ children), but the mother cat was a great surprise. Nice work. 🙂

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