Originally created 05/15/00

Holiday evokes memories



For Mother's Day, 79-year-old Mary Hammond was ordered to leave her home.

Her son, who lives next door to her five miles from Thurmond Lake Dam in Edgefield County, said he didn't want to see her stuck inside on her special day.

So he paid for a brunch at Partridge Inn for her and her lifelong friend, Marguerite Hammond.

Together, the women sat and enjoyed a lunch at the historic restaurant and hotel that Marguerite said was the longest she had eaten in her life.

While Marguerite made fun of her friend being prodded to come, Mary said she didn't want to go for one reason.

"The only thing I dreaded about it was I couldn't go to church this morning," she said.

The two women - college roommates who married a pair of brothers - talked about what Mother's Day meant to them as they finished up slices of pie.

"It makes me remember my mother and all the things she did for me and the things I would want to have passed down to my children," Marguerite said.

Marguerite remembered how her mother went without a new coat for six years so she could put her daughters through college.

"She needed a coat more than I did, but I got the new one," she said.

The two retired teachers - Marguerite taught at T.W. Josey and North Augusta high schools and Mary taught at Woodlawn and A. Brian Merry elementary schools - said watching their mothers and being mothers themselves has taught them important lessons.

One lesson: The value of a mother cannot be measured in dollars.

"It's important to realize mothers do a lot of things for their children they don't get paid for," Mary said. "It's out of love, you know."

It was out of love that Marguerite slipped a few dollars to her 14-year-old grandson so he could take her daughter out for Mother's Day dinner. Going out on Mother's Day is what a mother is supposed to do.

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