Friday, April 25, 2008

10 Days til Launch

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 conducting recorded telephone interviews for those who prefer to tell rather than write their story. Just send me an email with your phone number and dates/times you are available. Interviews typically last 30-45 minutes.

If you’d like to submit a daughter-mom photo to display on this blog, 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.

The deadline for submitting your story or participating in an interview is August 1, 2008.

Now on to today’s post~

Wow, only 10 days before Daddy's Little Girl is out!

Today’s photo is of my cousin Susan and her lovely daughter Elizabeth, taken a few years ago and included in my book “Why a Daughter Needs a Mom.” I’ve never figured out if Elizabeth is my second cousin, a cousin once removed, or something else. If you know, please enlighten me.

Here is a paragraph from a story I’m working on at the moment. The story is about a friend of mine who lived with her aging mom for a few months while her usual caregiver was away. This is taken from a very rough draft but it is sweet nonetheless:

“But the best part about being with her mom again came late at night when she had finally tired, usually around 2:00 AM, and would agree it was time to go to bed. For it was then that the sometimes stubborn but sweet old woman, the dear loving mother who adored all her daughters, led Debbie to her old bed, tucked her in, and gave her a goodnight kiss before turning out the lights.”

More quotes I’ve taken from stories and emails about the power of Mother-Daughter love:

“I knew my daughter admired me but didn’t know just how much until she came home with a ‘Mom’ tattoo.”

“I no longer freak out at permanent marker on the walls or mascara and lipstick all over my cute daughters face. Instead, I laugh and grab my camera.”

“The truth is no matter how old you are or what you’ve accomplished in your life, you never stop wanting your mom.”

And this note from a dad who received an advance copy of Daddy’s Little Girl:

“It is a wonderful book and captures beautifully the heart beat of all fathers in love with their daughters.”

As well as this new review that was recently posted on barnesandnoble.com:

“This book brought many smiles to my mouth and tears to my eyes, and helped me remember what it was like being my daddy's little girl. My brother read it and told me that I was the best thing that ever happened to my dad-what a compliment!”

And that is just what I hope the book will do for Meagan and Linley when I am gone from this earth – remind them of just how much they meant to me. That is, after all, why I wrote it in the first place.

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

1 comment:

Philip said...

Thanks for doing a good work and being passionate about it! Saying hi from Tokyo. I am a dad with a baby daughter now and writing a blog tip each day to remind myself of lessons from my relationship with my daughter. Feel free to visit my blog at

http://daddyparentingtips.blogspot.com/