SIKESTON - Spending quality time with your child doesn't have to be anything extravagant. The activity can be something as small as reading, taking a walk or working on a craft project.
The key is doing it together.
One activity mothers and daughters have enjoyed for years is the Sikeston Public Library's Mother-Daughter Tea. Coming up May 5, the event is set from 1 to 3 p.m. at the facility.
The program, geared toward girls in grades 2-5, will be on quilt patterns and presented by Ginger Miller and Amanda Fritz.
Mothers and daughters at the tea will fabric paint a quilt pattern which will be pieced together and displayed in the library. Guests will be served tea and cake. Door prizes will be given away and the girls will receive quilted book mark crafts to make at home.
The whole purpose behind the tea, said Ann Thompson, children's librarian, is to celebrate Mother's Day and the relationship between mothers and daughters.
"This is a time set aside in the afternoon to enjoy quality time together," Thompson explained. "Several different presentations have been given over the years such as a formal tea party and making tussie mussies. This year will be the art of quilt patterns, every quilt tells a story.
"Quilting has a long history evolving from ancient Egypt through the Middle Ages, not only in Europe but other cultures. During these periods quilting appeared to be used primarily for clothing. Patchwork quilt patterns tell us something about life in our country during the 19th century."
She explained during this time period fabric could be made or purchased from a factory, the latter of which was more expensive. Some women used pieces left over the other sewing projects, as they still do today.
"The blocks of patchwork were sewn into a large squares with a backing material and a sheet of cotton or wood called batting," she noted. "Mothers taught their daughters and some children made their first quilts when they were only 5-years-old."
The Mother-Daughter tea provides a quality time to be shared by the mother and daughter, said Thompson.
"It is very important to teach children at a very young age the importance of mothers and daughters doing things together and you do this by spending time with them. There are things that mothers teach daughters that they have learned from their own mothers, this is handed down through each generation thus telling a story about a family's history," she said. "By starting at an early age one builds on what they learn."
Because attendance is restricted to 30 girls, reservations are necessary by calling 471-4140.