Mother's Day Traditions

By Alice Maggiore

May 13, 2012 Updated May 14, 2012 at 9:23 AM EST

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) For many, Mother's Day Brunch is a tradition. One family of 15 chooses to dine at a resort by the same name, Traditions at the Glen.

"We're here to celebrate Mother's Day. Luckily we have a lot of mothers in the family besides myself," says Terri Topencik. "It's kind of become a tradition for us."

Traditions to brunch at Traditions, as four generations spread across two tables.

"We got 14 or 15 of us here today," says Topencik.

There's Mom and Dad, their two boys and two sets of grandparents.

"And a great grandmother too..." says Mary Kwiatkowski, the matriarch of the family.

"We've often done a brunch or a dinner every Mother's Day, and we've gone to certain other places over the years, but when Traditions opened, we thought we'd try it. We've enjoyed it enough that we have a tendency to come back every year," Terri explains.

But that's not all they're celebrating.

Paul and Diana Topencik married 50 years ago Saturday, May 12.

"It was a great evening to be with family and friends. We started off the afternoon with a 4 o'clock mass where we exchanged our vows," says Paul Topencik. "So it was really something special."

The secret to their golden bond?

"I say in one word, it's respect," says Paul.

Diana says it's all about communication.

They're also lessons that can also apply to a bond between a mother and her children.

"Obviously proud many times, its also ridden with anxiety at times also," says Terri, of motherhood.

The Topenciks and theKwiatkowskis are all local, living between the Town of Dickinson and Owego.

Paul and Diana met when they were in high school at a CYO basketball game.

She was a cheerleader and he kept the time on the opposite team.

Traditions at the Glen hosts a dinner buffet every Mother's Day afternoon.