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Northside Meetings is a favourite place. It is not far from where I live and has the uncanny ability to combine comfortable surroundings with lots of creative energy and inspiration and some good food and drink thrown in for good measure.

You just need to see their menu for evidence of what I am talking about - The Balsamic Verses, The Sandwiches of Eastwick and The Strange Case of Dr Jaffle and Mr Hyde are just a few of the examples of the dishes you might be ordering. So when they advertised a Mothers' Day Special, I'm sure it will be lively and lovely, with the right mix of memory and merriment.

High Tea at Northside Meetings
High Tea at Northside Meetings


There are wordy gifts for wordy and worthy mums, Jane Austen Playing cards for those sophisticated card playing ones, typewriter jewellery for the coquettish mums around - what, you have never heard of it? Well, you must instantly remedy that failing. There are lots of Mothers' Day cards and other little gifts which your mother will enjoy receiving.

Lovelenscapes Photographers will be there, this time to capture mum and you and a few of the grandkids. so put them in the bath, give them a good scrubbing and take them along. Mums love nothing better than a good photo of the family right across from where they are sitting. You can have a family photo taken and while you are having tea your photo will be produced and mounted for you. And it is not just photography which will feature on this day. there will be exquisite flowers from Art of Petals to purchase or to order.

Elena from Art of Petals
Elena from Art of Petals


And I nearly forgot the best bit - a high tea all done on the premises - fresh and aromatic finger sandwiches, little petit fours, delicious desserts and a big selection of teas and coffees. You can book anytime from 8am to 3 pm. They are allowing a generous 90 minutes for each booking.

And if all of this has not persuaded you, let me share Judy Gregory's little essay on Mother's Day or Mothers' Day - it is called that Pesky Apostrophe and I loved this - just that little bit of clever writing and some history to go with it.

"That pesky apostrophe

I've always had a bit of a thing for possessive apostrophes – much abused and misunderstood as they are.

And it's this time of the year that I'm most aware of the little mark … because the day for mothers is upon us.

Every year I'm bothered by the various ways that marketers write about the day. As you choose your card, do you wish your mother: Happy Mothers Day, Happy Mother's Day, or Happy Mothers' Day?

In my household, I insist on Happy Mothers' Day, even though the widespread consensus falls on the side of Mother's Day.

For me, the day isn't just for one mother. I see it as a day for mothers … all mothers. You might celebrate your own mother next Sunday, but you'll be conscious that mothers all around you are also being celebrated. It's a day of collective consumption and celebration – when all mothers expect (want) to be pampered.

That's why I see it as Mothers' Day … with the apostrophe showing the plural possessive.

Part of my rationale is to experiment with replacing 'mother' with other terms, to see whether they sound sensible. For example, I think we'd have a Children's Day, but not a Child's Day; and we'd have a People's Day, not a Person's Day. In Brisbane, we're quite comfortable with the idea of a People's Day – we have one at our Exhibition every year.

The day to celebrate mothers was trademarked in the USA by Anna Jarvis in 1912. In 1914, it was made an official holiday in the USA. Apparently Anna Jarvis was specific about the singular possessive (Mother's Day), because it was an occasion for individual families. Anna later became dismayed by the commercialism of the day.

Mothering Sunday in the UK has a separate heritage. It's on the fourth Sunday in Lent, and can be traced back at least to Roman times. It was originally a religious festival, where people visited their mother church – usually with their own mothers and other family members.

So where does that leave us in Australia? And where does it leave the little apostrophe? I'll continue to write Mothers' Day, because I see the second Sunday in May as a day to celebrate all mothers. I think that my preference could partly be linked to the term 'mother', which I see as a label rather than a name. I'm 'mum' to my kids, not 'mother'! So while I see Mothers' Day as plural possessive, I think I'd be quite comfortable about Mum's Day – a day for an individual mum. And I guess that demonstrates how easy it is to be inconsistent with punctuation.

Mums, enjoy your burned toast, flowers, and smelly candles! Better still, enjoy your gifts from The Letter Lounge – where you'll find something word-themed and beautiful. And enjoy your high tea, which we'll launch on Mothers' Day and offer every day after that
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Judy Gregory is one of the lively women who you may meet in the Northside Meetings, the Letter Lounge and Cafe. Her Consultancy Company is called Information Design Centre and she offers a wide range of writing, editing and project management services.

To book for Mothers' Day go to Northside Meetings
110 Windsor Rd, Red Hill
Phone 07 3368 1088
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Why? A fun way to celebrate Mothers' Day
When: 14th May 2017
Phone: 07 33681088
Where: 110 Windsor Road, Red Hill Brisbane 4059. Windsor Road, Red Hill Brisbane 4059.
Cost: As per web site.
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