Fort Mill Times

Got the first day of school blues? Moms, dads invited to the grapevine

For some, it’s a day to rejoice.

For others, it will be a sad goodbye after three months of summer fun.

No matter what their mood, moms and “Mr. Moms” are invited to lift their glass at the grapevine Wine Shop and Wine Bar’s second annual Moms and Mimosas gathering.

Parents can stop by the grapevine beginning at 8 a.m. for a DIY mimosa bar. The idea for the event came several years ago from a customer.

Tears of sorrow – and joy – are equally likely, said grapevine owner David Sills.

“It’s a celebration of the school year starting and probably for a lot of the ladies and guys, kind of the end of the summer and having to come up with something to do every minute of the day. It’s a celebration,” he said.

Suzanne Ullman, mother to an 11-year-old and a 13-year-old, will take the first day of school off from work so she can see the kids off and be there when they get home. After morning drop-off, she’ll meet her friends at the grapevine for what has become an annual tradition.

She and her friends gathered informally at one another’s homes for coffee and breakfast even before the grapevine held its event.

Time with friends can sometimes be hard to come by for Ullman, who went back to work full time this year after staying home for six years.

“The amount of time I get to spend with my friends has gone down so much. You really don’t get the opportunity to see each other. This is a good way for moms to get together,” she said.

Laurian Zimmerman, mom to Alex, 12, looks forward to relaxing with her friends for the morning after a hectic week of preparing her son to go back to school.

“It’s nice because the stress of the end of summer, getting the school supplies ready, making sure everyone is taking care of, it’s the one time everyone exhales at the same time and says, ‘Thank God,’” Zimmerman said.

The atmosphere at the grapevine will be celebratory in part because the parents are excited to be doing something a little bit mischievous, Sills said.

“It’s like playing hooky from school. It’s eight in the morning with your friends drinking mimosas and you’re not supposed to drink but you are.”