Monday, March 31, 2008

Post #425

I am searching for heartfelt and inspirational stories about mother-daughter relationships, stories that share wisdom and teach important moral and life lessons, stories from which daughters and moms might derive hope and guidance after reading them.

What did you learn from this unique parent-child relationship, how it has changed over the years, how you two dealt with conflict, etc? The stories can be about good or bad times, as long as the result is something others can learn from. There are no format or length requirements.
For more information about submitting your story, please visit my website, www.gregoryelang.com, and click the red corner on the home page, just beneath the “Projects” tab.

I’m also collecting photos of moms and daughters to display on this blog. If you’d like to submit one, please email it to greg.lang@mindspring.com.

If this is your first visit to my blog, please read the Frequently Asked Questions posted on March 20, 2008.

Now on to today’s post:

Daughter-mom photos keep coming in! Thanks so much!

Meagan and I attended the play “The Runaway Bride,” a spoof on the actual event that took place in our sleepy little town a few years ago, while Jill and Linley attended the cheerleader banquet. There were 20+ of us attending the play together, all of whom went to a neighbor’s house afterward for wedding cake and champagne. Jill joined Meagan and I after Linley went off to a sleepover, and we three had a great time for hours with our friends, although I must say it is a little strange when you child is old enough to attend such parties with you. And thank goodness the cheer season is over for now, but alas it begins again in just three weeks. Oh well, Baby Girl loves it so what can you say but “Yes.”

This blog had 110 visits on Friday. Thanks to you all who are telling your friends about this project. Stories are coming in and I’m working more each day, trying to review each story and ask additional questions of the story-teller. If you have submitted a story but haven’t heard from me you, don’t worry, you will soon. Here are a few topics that have come in:

1. A mom realizes time passes quickly and resolves to spend more of it with her children
2. A mom repeats a tradition with her child that drew her close to her own mother years before
3. A mom who has no interest in the outdoors forms a Brownie troop for her daughter
4. A daughter tells of memories of “Girls Night” with Mom
5. A daughter credits Mom for teaching her she could do and become anything she set her heart and mind to
6. A daughter is comforted by mom as she struggles through her teen years
7. A daughter fulfills the role of caregiver for an ailing mom with love and devotion
8. A mom learns to step out of her comfort zone to reach out to her daughter and learns about herself in the process

Topics I’d love to receive a story about include:

1. Special just before the wedding daughter-mom moments
2. Mom helping daughter become a mom herself
3. Mom or daughter coming to the rescue when least expected
4. Words of encouragement what were never forgotten
5. Family traditions passed down from mom to mom
6. Hallmark gestures or phrases that still reassure
7. Tender “I love you” moments that will never be forgotten
8. When a daughter emerges as an adult before a mother’s eyes
9. Moments of triumph over a major challenge
10. When a daughter or mom came to realize just how much the other loved her

Remember – there is nothing off limits if it is an upbeat, inspirational story. What is a story? In the case of this book a story is really a parable, a tale illustrating an important life lesson. Sentimental musings or tributes that do not have an “aha” component cannot be used. Our mission here is to teach, inspire and motivate through stories. Tell me one; I’m eager to hear it!

Jill and I had a starling experience yesterday. While driving down the road I saw a young girl staggering along the roadside. She was crying. We turned around and went back to check on her and I’m so glad we did. By the time we got to her she was walking in the road in 50 MPH traffic. Jill called 911 and I jumped out to grab her. She kept screaming she wanted to kill herself. I did my best to hang on to her and thank goodness when she was finally able to yank free from me a police officer pulled up and took over. I thought about that girl for the rest of the day. I have no idea what was so wrong that she thought her only option was to end her life. I’m so glad our girls are strong and resilient, I’m confident they can handle most anything, but I still shudder at the thought either of them falling into such deep darkness. A parent’s fears are boundless, aren’t they? This is but one of the reasons I pray every night.

Well, I guess that’s enough for today. Thanks so much for visiting my blog. Now go out and hug somebody!

1 comment:

Amber said...

God definitely had a purpose for you and your wife taking that route and that time of day!