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From thanking mom for always being there for you during your downfall, cheering you on during a game and telling you that she loves you no matter what, PCC students and staff still take the time to celebrate Mother’s Day during quarantine.

For student Yessenia Hernandez, Mother’s Day was spent lounging around. The only exciting part of the day was surprising her mother with a gift.

“My mother has always baked growing up and had her own little business going on here around the neighborhood,” said Hernandez. “My brother and I pitched in to get her a Kitchen Aid mixer to surprise her with.”

For Hernandez’s experience of this day, things did not turn out how they normally do, due to COVID-19. Usually, the family would have an eventful day by having lunch together and spending quality time at the park as a family. This did not stop Hernandez and her siblings from trying their best to show their love to their mom.

For PCC’s Courier writer Emily Bonilla, Mother’s Day was a little hectic with trying to make the day special in a creative way. With her mother’s favorite department store closed, Bonilla’s last resort was Target.

“I didn’t think of ordering online in time. So I had to get creative with my gifts,” said Bonilla. “I ended up finding a really cute top at Target, a ‘mom’ themed bracelet, rose scented soaps and a pack of metal straws that my mom had been talking about getting for a while… I thought it was a clever gift.”

At the end Target saved her that day by coming up with a thoughtful gift for her mother. A mixture of essentials and things she knew her mother would like. Getting back home she surprised her mother with a homemade breakfast, gifts and handmade cards. Bonilla impressed herself this year with her drawing skills.

Later on in the day, her family had a gathering with less than ten people, making sure to follow COVID-19 guidelines. The Bonilla family would normally take all the moms out to brunch or their favorite restaurant, but that was not the case this year. The good thing was that they still got to see each other in person for the holiday.

For student Daisy Zavala, Mother’s Day was pretty busy. She went out early in the morning and did not get back home till 2 p.m. and found her family preparing and cooking for her mother. Her family did not initially have anything planned because they could not go out to celebrate anywhere. However, Zavala has two of her aunts living in the same apartment complex as her so she and her family gathered with the other people in the complex to celebrate. Zavala got to wish her aunts a happy Mother’s Day while still maintaining their distance.

“You can see everyone barbecuing outside in their little porch or their area,” said Zavala. “Everyone sharing a plate of food with others. My uncle is playing music outside of his apartment for everyone to enjoy. Everyone is singing outside and just being joyful. I guess I can say that this Mother’s Day was quite different. We didn’t let quarantine or COVID ruin our desire to share with everyone.”

The Zavala family would normally go to church before celebrating with their mother and taking her out to eat. But this year there was no mass to attend. They still dedicated a little reflection and thanks to God for allowing them to share this time together and with good health regardless of everything happening. Staying home inspired them to share the joy with not only their mother but their neighbors as well. From a very festive Mother’s Day, the next experience would be a more quaint Mother’s Day.

For PCC Puente coordinator Juan Pablo Carreon, Mother’s Day was weird. He was only able to buy flowers and drop them off at his mother’s house.

“It was challenging because I was not able to give her a kiss or a hug,” said Carreon. “She was wearing a mask and I was also.”

For Carreon, it was a swift drop off of the flowers accompanied by a quick conversation and then he headed back home. He then spent a little amount of time on video call through WhatsApp.

For PCC student Kesh, Mother’s Day was spent at the doctor’s office working full time. So COVID-19 did not really have much impact on her lifestyle because her workplace is still open everyday with the exception of shorter hours.

“I took care of many patients and one was a man who was the fourth person to be diagnosed with COVID-19 from another state,” said Kesh.

She spent her day helping the physician with telemedicine visits. For Kesh, it was a good experience. Due to the type of job she has, Kesh was not really able to do a lot with her mother, but just being at home after her shift and the presence of family was the most important thing.

For student Natalie Lopez, Mother’s Day was spent with her sisters making breakfast for their mom, hanging balloons out on the patio and spending quality time together. One impact that COVID-19 had on the Lopez family was ordering Buca Di Beppo for curbside pick up only rather than dining in.

There was a little delay due to the system shutting down making her wait an extra 45 minutes in line. This little hiccup in their day did not stop them from the quality time spent together and surprising their mother with gifts and taking selfies. It was a day well spent in the Lopez household.

For student Giselle Estrada, Mother’s Day did not go as planned. A big part of that was due to COVID-19.

“It wasn’t eventful, more like a failure because all my family couldn’t get together,” said Estrada.

The Estrada family normally goes all out for Mother’s Day, but this year it was a small dinner and gifted flowers. While other times they usually take her mom out to eat and buy her gifts but with everything mainly closed the family was really limited on what to do. From things not going as planned, the next experience would be lending a helping hand on Mother’s Day.

For student and the Vice President of External Affairs for Associated Students Frida Ramirez, Mother’s Day was spent working at Andy’s Coffee Shop, her mother’s co-owned diner. Due to COVID-19 her mother had to have her workers on leave, besides Ramirez helping her mom the other person working was the co-owner.

“We played millennial loteria and bought food. My mom got a lot of flowers and letters from her customers that came in. Just to say thank you for staying open during COVID,” said Ramirez.

The Ramirez family would normally go out to eat and spend the day with the completed family, but with the situation going on not all the siblings were able to attend. Instead they were able to FaceTime family members after a day at work.

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