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A Mother-Daughter Afternoon in Havre de Grace by Bonna L. Nelson

I have a very special relationship with our only child, Holly. She lives in Perry Hall with her husband, R a ndy, a nd daug hter, Isabel la. Bet ween ma nag i ng her pr ivate ped iat r ic oc cupat iona l t herapy practice and her family life, you can imagine how difficult it is to schedule mother-daughter time. Add my commitments to the list, and it’s nearly impossible. We of ten chat and daydream about an extended mother-daughter getaway, but time never seems to allow for such luxury. Our last vacation away together was a four-day spa trip a few years ago. Recently, we decided that we should make the most of the few hours we do have here and there, rather than waiting for the opportunity to schedule a longer adventure. On a fall visit to Holly’s home, she suggested that we travel to nearby Havre de Grace for a quick e sc ape whi le Dad a nd Pop Pop played with Isabella. The historic town of Havre de Grace is situated at the mouth of the Susquehanna River and the head of Chesapeake Bay. On the half-hour drive, Holly suggested that we begin

Holly and Bonna our outing at the Vintage Café on North Washington Street, one of the town’s main streets that is lined with shops and eateries. The Vintage Café ser ves tasty comfort food in a ’50s-style setting. The Café offers breakfast and lunch at small tables and at the soda fountain counter. The popular spot is known for its old-fashioned hand-dipped milkshakes, fountain sodas, and menu selections. Having enjoyed one of their milkshakes on a previous visit, Holly suggested I 35