Monday, April 14, 2008

21 days to go!

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, http://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~

Only 21 days until the release of Daddy's Little Girl! I gave Meagan an advance copy to read during her Spring Break; when she returned home I learned she had only read five of the 65 stories. When asked why she hadn't read more she answered swiftly and truthfully - "I was feeding starving children in an orphanage." Kinda hard to argue with that. Gosh, my baby turns 18 on Wednesday.

Today’s photo is one I snapped while at the beach last week. See how cold they are? It’s mid-April in the south and we have a freeze warning tonight. Mr. Gore, give back that Oscar.

This is an excerpt from a sweet and insightful story sent to me by Violette DeSantis, a writer for Bellaonline.com. Thanks Violetter for your contribution:

“And oops, now before you know it she is a teen with two younger sisters. Oh, she’s nothing special, I have to treat her the same as her sisters and all (wink), except in my heart.

And that is where my dilemma used to lie, in my heart. I’ve heard tell that you love all your children the same, but I don’t believe that. I believe you love them the same amount, but I also believe you love them differently. For seven years she had been an only child, then we had to love another and then another. I certainly believe my love multiplied, but I also have learned different things about the love I have for each girl.”

And this from a loving and wiser, more mature daughter:

“It always surprises me to hear that not every girl-woman has a great relationship with her mother. I’ve always had an excellent relationship with my mother, unless you count the time I wrote in big, bold letters “I hate my mother” in permanent black marker on the wall at the top of our stairs. I think I did that because I was grounded from going to a dance or something and my mother says that even three coats of paint didn’t cover it up.” But lots of love made it disappear, didn’t it?

And Liz Heugly said: “I always saw my mother kneeling by her bed at night saying her prayers and knew that she was praying for me just like I am always praying for my children.” Amen to that.

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

1 comment:

Christine said...

Hi.. Thank you for visiting my blog. I have certainly enjoyed the little bit I have read of yours. I haven't actaully read a post, but I've read your side bar. Some of your facts about yourself remind me of my husband. The picture of you and your wife in the car takes me back to the time before my husband and I had kids-- 17 months. We still manage to get in a few romantic dates now qand then. ;)

Your daughter working in the orphanage has a heart similar to mine. We have adopted 4 children and are in the process to adopt a little boy from Ukraine. You can read about his story on my Ukraine blog and you can see a pciture of him if you click on the donate button (don't worry you don't have to donate.)

I would be interested in contributing to one of your books---one of my dreams has always been to write a book. Can you give me more details?

God Bless,
Christine