Celebrating Mom during coronavirus crisis

Updated: May 28, 2020


Every Mother’s Day, Kani Hightower and her family put together a giant meal, with everyone making a dish.

The menu includes ribs, sweet potatoes, green beans, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, bread and a special dessert called Holiday Squares with Cherry Flares.

This year, the family won’t let the pandemic spoil their tradition. Each of them will make a dish and divide it into portions. Hightower’s son will make the rounds in the Akron area, stopping at each house to pick up and drop off the offerings.

The family will then enjoy their meal together Sunday afternoon over a videoconference. Hightower hopes her mother, Lynda Harvey Williams, will enjoy the virtual gathering almost as much as if the family were together.

I feel that it will be a unique Mother’s Day for her,” said Hightower, an Akron attorney who practices with her mother. “She will be able to see all the love and support from us.

Hightower is one of many people in the Akron area who have found innovative ways to celebrate Mother’s Day during the coronavirus pandemic that has made traditional gatherings harder. Others have mailed care packages, sent flowers, ordered meals and made gifts.

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