May 15

A little after the fact, I wanted to share some pix from a beautiful Momma Love celebration at BOBO Restaurant that Jessica Shyba of Momma’s Gone City threw to celebrate the release of my book! Actress Amy Ryan was the honorary momma and she had some really sweet things to say about being featured in Momma Love.

Moms (and everyone else), if you don’t already know about BOBO, you should! They have a private garden in the back that makes you forget you’re in NYC! It’s ideal for private parties, showers, birthdays… and the staff and food couldn’t be better!

Donna Bell’s Bake Shop provided delicious southern desserts, and Anne Kilcullen at Blade NYC made the space even nicer with her beautiful, one-of-a-kind floral arrangements. (Blade NYC is starting a section of their business that will be geared specifically towards children’s parties!). Moore Brothers Wine Shop– my favorite wine store in NY because of its selection, sweet staff, and it’s children’s play area (YES!)- sent over a dozen bottles of sparkling wine for the toasts!

All in all, it was a great sunday evening!

(all photos ©Amber DeVos and Rita Cheng)



2 comments so far...

  • Natalia Said on May 25th, 2013 at 4:42 am:

    Ali – this clip is excellent (found it on upworthy). It made me smile and think about my own Ma – I love my Mama and my Grandma (who was a single mom in South America in the 50’s) more than anything. When I say “single mom” I mean Grandma was well and truly on her own with her little girl (my Ma).
    Mom and Grandma set the bar pretty high as far as strength and awesomeness go, and I learned to be the best woman I can possibly be thanks to them.
    I am not a mom. I made that choice many years ago.
    But here I am, 36 years old – three years ago my little brother’s girlfriend gave birth to a boy, a wonderful boy (quite possibly the coolest boy ever).
    This was all well and good, and so much fun until I was thrown into a world of diapers and car seats and puke and wipes and applesauce and things I never ever expected to be a part of my everyday life…
    Yet I accepted these changes, and I helped raise this boy whom I love immensely…
    And I wouldn’t take back one dirty diaper, one pukey pajama set, one disgusting high chair tray…
    I wonder, when you talk about your mommas…do you ever consider including the aunts and grandmas and great grandmas and even the uncles who care for and nurture those little kids when the women who brought them into this world are too busy doing other things?
    I’m just wondering…

  • alismith Said on May 26th, 2013 at 4:15 pm:

    HI Natalia

    Thanks for this great comment. I find so many things about your story interesting and commend you for stepping in to give love to that boy!! You have clearly changed his life for the better. I wasn’t clear about the circumstances and it doesn’t really matter, but it’s clear you’re giving him love and that’s the bottom line. Do you think you chose not to have kids initially because you saw how hard things had been for your ma and grandma? Just speculating.
    I know what you mean about it being incredibly challenging but never wanting to take it back!
    You know it’s a good point you make. And “momma” is a somewhat broader term than just those who gave birth. In fact there are people represented in my book ( who are not biological mothers but who are the “mommas” of their children. I think there are many paths there. I did want to focus on the lives of mothers/ devoted nurturers in this case as it’s a big story to tell- personally, politically, socio-politically…
    There are so many interesting stories out there and your’s sounds like one of them for sure! Thank you for writing!

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