Mother's Day Mix-Up Slice of Life Story

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We were all looking forward to our Saturday Mother's Day lunch.  My sister, mom, sister-in-law, and mother-in-law agreed to meet half way at a restaurant in Wooster at 11:30 Saturday morning.  Annie and I arrived around 11:40 (always fashionably late when Annie is involved) and met my mom and sister.  I thought it was odd that Kathy and Shirley, my sister-in-law and mother-in-law hadn't arrived.  The Johnsons are always on time.  We sat down to wait for Kathy and Shirley to arrive.

By noon, I was getting worried.  Still no Kathy and Shirley.  As I got ready to pick up my phone, Kathy called me.

"Hi Kathy.  Is everything ok?"
"Yes," she replied.
"Where are you?" I asked her.
"I'm in the restaurant.  Where are you?"
"I'm in the restaurant.  I didn't see you when we came in."
Kathy replied, "We've been waiting in line since 11:15.  They won't seat us until our whole party has arrived."

Uh oh...this was not good.  They were definitely not waiting in line when we arrived.

"Which restaurant are you at?" I asked.

"We're at The Barn, the restaurant I suggested."

I began to feel a little bit sick to my stomach.

"Is that the same place as The Pine Tree Barn?"

By this time, you can guess where this is going.  When Kathy had suggested we meet at The Barn, I had no idea that it was a different place than The Pine Tree Barn.  I made reservations for Pine Tree Barn.  Who knew that one town could have two restaurants with such similar names.  ( I later found out that there's also a restaurant called The Pines in Wooster).

The Pine Tree Barn in Wooster

The Barn in Wooster

Unfortunately, Kathy's GPS couldn't find the restaurant, and what should have taken 15 or 20 minutes, took an hour for them to get to Pine Tree Barn.  My sister-in-law was a real trooper!  I think I would have been tempted to turn around and go home.

Thankfully, once they arrived, we had a lovely lunch that was filled with delicious food, laughter, and good conversation.

This was a Mother's Day mix up we'll remember forever!  And we've decided that we definitely need to visit The Barn the next time we meet for lunch.


  1. I'm so glad to read your plans to connect with important women in your life worked out! I was getting worried as I read your slice.

  2. Julie, a mix-up that ended with an enjoyable time, how special. I am glad that Mother's Day was a day to remember.

  3. So glad things finally worked out for everyone to get together! It's a story that will be retold over the years.

  4. One town with so many restaurants to go wrong! But, you had a lovely time - that's what counts!

  5. Big fan of this place. Great date spot. Makes me psyched to be a foodie and head upstate. Awesome staff as well. Such amazing and really fresh food at San Francisco restaurants. The only downside is that it fills up quickly.


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