Friday, April 04, 2008

Battered and Badgered

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,, 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

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

Now on to today’s post~

Today’s photo is of a mom and her daughters who live in my neighborhood. This pic first appeared in “Thank You, Mom,” which appeared on book store shelves about this time last year. Checking in on her sleeping babies – just like every mom in the world would.

I had great interviews yesterday with daughters who told me of mothers who inspired faith in God, how one mom inspired her daughter to be her own person no matter what convention dictated, and a mom who demonstrated selfless love by shaving her head when her sister went through chemotherapy and cared tirelessly for a husband with Alzheimer’s Disease. I can’t thank you all enough for helping me by sharing your touching, personal stories.

I’ve been joining online communities that were intended for moms only in an effort to get the word out about seeking stories for Mom’s Little Angel. I’ve gotten some strange responses to my request for membership from a few. I suppose I should have suspected it – it’s hard to tell who’s a pervert and who isn’t on the Internet. But thanks to and I’ve been able to reach thousands of readers. I just hope someone writes back!

This is my life as a battered and badgered dad:

Why does it upset the girls so much if when I agree enthusiastically with a point they’ve made I shout “Boomshockalocka!”

Meagan and Linley are both going to formal dances next month so the need for fancy dresses arose. Both needed alterations. As I stood there in disbelief that these young women were once lap-sitters and overheard them saying things like “take it in here” and “shorten it this much” I couldn’t help myself when I yelled “Hell no, cover that up!”

Meagan had a half-day today at school and is sitting near me chatting and having lunch as I work. We were just discussing how often I would see her after she left for college and whether or not a futon was a good purchase for her dorm room. When I realized I could use it to stay overnight, perhaps even host a book signing in her room, she threw a boiled egg at me.

Meagan’s questions for the day – what is the longest uninterrupted fart on record (she’s convinced there is such a record somewhere) and how do they make a penis from a vagina (she understands the penis to a vagina conversion), a subject that is apparently on Oprah tomorrow and she thinks I should watch it. Why, I dare not ask. What else is on the mind of a high school senior?

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

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