By Gail Craig - May 18, 2006

I find it hard to believe that, at 40 years old, I still feel weird on Mother's Day without my mom around. I have this constant feeling that I'm forgetting to do something because now, I really don't have anything to do. It's funny how things can change as kids grow up. Buzzy was always my mom but as I got older, graduated college, and moved into adulthood, somewhere the line between Mom and friend got blurred. She was someone that, when wearing her mom hat, could annoy me to no end but she was always someone that I enjoyed spending time with, which is probably what I miss the most. Special occasions, such as Mother's Day, birthdays, anniversaries, just seem to magnify the effect. So, I will enjoy Mother's Day with my own children today and try to be the mom to them that Buzz was for me. Since I already hear myself quoting many of her favorite phrases on a daily basis, I'm halfway there!

Welcome home to all the returning college students. Lucas and Katie Brewer returned to the family nest last Thursday, which I'm sure has provided a significant increase in chaos for their parents, Paul and Debbie. Also scheduled to return home this week is Jonathan Ryan, as mom and dad, Joanne and Kevin were heading to Boston to fetch him today. Island life will begin hopping here before we know it.

Don't forget the upcoming Martha's Vineyard Cancer Support Group fundraiser, "An Evening Under the Stars," a gala celebration at Mediterranean in Vineyard Haven on Thursday, May 25, from 6 to 9 pm. For reservations or information, call Jane Carroll at 508-696-9849.

The annual Young Eagles Day is scheduled for Saturday, June 3, at the Katama Airfield from 11 am to 3 pm. The rain date for the event will be Sunday June 4.This is a fantastic day of fun and learning, sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association. It provides an opportunity for young people age 7 to 17 the chance to fly with licensed and experienced volunteer pilots for free. If you have any questions, contact the local EAA Chapter at 508-627-6847 or visit their web site at www.eaa.org. I'm quite certain that the Craig family will be in attendance, as usual, so we hope to see you there!

Happy Birthday to my little girlie girl, Amelia Rae, who turns four on Saturday. We will be celebrating with a My Little Pony-themed party with several of her friends from Rainbow Place. As you read this, I will probably be trying to figure out how to make a My Little Pony cake, not to mention devising a plan of what to do with five or six little girls for two hours. Pin the tail on the My Little Pony perhaps. I just hope that we don't have a pony piñata. Whacking a little horse with a stick trying to split it open seems a little disconcerting to me.

I'd like to thank Pierre Guerin, known to many as "the best Frenchman on the Island" as well as an expert in wine selection, and Maureen Hill, instigator of trouble, for the hysterical e-mails this week, in response to last week's column.

And, finally, I'd like to give a shout out to Susan Freiman, who e-mailed me a while back to say that she was glad that someone had taken in Chester the Dog. Apparently while visiting her sister, Judy Olsen, for a bit, she spent some time with Chester at the MSPCA and had enjoyed him immensely. I'm pleased to share with Susan and the rest of the readers out there that Chester has (finally) officially been adopted into our clan. Paperwork has been signed, fees paid, and medical records have changed hands. He is now officially Chester Good Dog Mulroney Craig, a rather large name for a rather small dog. Everyone but Emma the cat seems happy. Statistically speaking, one unhappy family member out of eight isn't too bad. Welcome home, Chester!!

That's it for news! Have a great week.