Ma wasn't the only one who ignored the new holidays.
Aunt Demi believed the Maltese calendar had enough holy days and holidays. She would not allow Mother’s Day to be observed in her house. When her children brought gifts, she ignored them. She just thought her children were trying to get her into a good mood before they asked her for something.
Following Aunt Demi’s example, Ma was always suspicious when we brought home our creations.
“Sure, sure. Mother’s Day, of course, special sure... We’ll see,” Ma grabbed the coffee pot and retreated to the kitchen.
Aunt Demi huffed and worked on her crocheting. After a few minutes, she muttered, “Who needs this... Mother’s Day? We have enough work to do with all the feastdays the church stuck us with. You trying to kill this woman with holidays? Netta, you’re not doing anything for this garbage, are you?”
Ma left the safety of the kitchen and returned to the war front. Hoping to avoid a fight between her sisters-in-law, Ma tried to change the subject. “Madonna. Where does the time go? Peter, Charlie and Vinnie have been playing bocci for an hour. They’ll be hungry.”
While Liz copied a recipe, Ma went to the kitchen to prepare a snack for the men. “Tina! Get off that phone and put these chairs away!”