Wednesday, March 19, 2008

What I'm looking for...

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.

Now on to today’s post (a sample story from Daddy’s Little Girl)~

“WHILE GETTING OFF the bus one morning on the way to elementary school, Alice tried to jump across a snow-and-ice covered curb. Unlike her fellow students who had jumped before her and cleared the icy patch, eight-year-old Alice didn’t leap quite far enough, and down she went. One of her hands bent backward as she landed, and the force snapped her wrist.

Although she was in considerable pain, she didn’t shed a tear as she was escorted to the school nurse’s office. She wanted to be a brave girl, as brave as her father always was.

The nurse called Alice’s parents to tell them of her accident and learned that the stoic child would have to wait until her mother could find someone to drive them there to pick her up. Both parents were blind and obviously could not drive themselves to the school.

Her father hadn’t yet left the house for work when the nurse’s call came in, and wanting to be with his injured daughter as soon as possible, he decided not to wait for a ride. He grabbed his cane and left the house, in his haste leaving his gloves and scarf behind. He walked just over a mile through the Philadelphia winter, all the way to the school.

When her father walked into the nurse’s office, Alice burst into tears, not because the pain of her broken wrist had finally gotten to her, but because she was so touched that her dad had endured the walk to come to her side dressed only in his business suit. In spite of his vision impairment and in the face of rather unfavorable conditions, he had once more come to her rescue.

He took a seat beside her, draped his arm around her shoulders, and kissed her on top of her head. “You’re going to be okay,” he said, “Daddy’s here.” He carefully raised his fingers to her cheeks and brushed away the tears he knew were there.

Alice knew that day that nothing could stop her dad; he would come to her rescue whenever she needed him to. And over the following years he did.”

Moms and daughters, I hope that gives you an idea of what I’m looking for. Feel free to email your questions.

Other news: Linley is on the mend – first it was Ben & Jerry’s ice cream on the couch in front of the TV, now it is green tea ice cream for dessert after having a sushi lunch at our favorite place down the street. She’s got me running up and down the stairs retrieving stuff, serving milk and cookies and allowing her to hog the remote control. Little does it matter though, because when we go outside she holds onto my arm for support. These days when little girls lean on you do indeed pass too quickly. I know; Meagan, the oldest one, is now only four months from leaving home.

And sadly, on a more somber note, Princess, the butt ugly poop on the rug stinky fur ball is still alive. Damn it!

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

4 comments:

~ Thai Boxing Girl ~ said...

hi greg, thank you for visiting my blog.

will be interested to contribute for your new book.

Checking out your webpage shortly after this and see if I have any mom-daughter experience appropriate for your book!

Till then, take care and good luck!

~ Thai Boxing Girl ~ said...

hi greg, thank you for visiting my blog.

will be interested to contribute for your new book.

Checking out your webpage shortly after this and see if I have any mom-daughter experience appropriate for your book!

Till then, take care and good luck!

beth said...

Greg - Thank you so much for commenting on my blog simple grace as well as asking me to contribute to your new book. Congrats on all your success - I believe if we love what we do the work and the inspiration will come. You are a wonderful example of this.

Ah, mothers and daughters - yes, I'd love to contribute. I'll take a look at the sites and submit - do you have a deadline in mine. It will be an honor to write about my two loves: Skye and Tess. Good luck with your new HarperCollins release. My family will pick it up for sure, Beth Jannery

Bohemian Mom said...

Pleased to meet you Greg.
I was thrilled to receive your comment on my blog.
I am honoured and would be more than happy to contribute something to your newest book.
I will visit your website and be in touch.
Thank you.