Saturday, April 05, 2008

Wife and Baby Girl

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~

Today’s photo is of my lovely wife and Baby Girl (Linley, also known as LD) taken in the middle of a “Mom, I want to give you a makeover” session one night last year. This photo also appears in my book “Thank You, Mom.” I avoided a makeover that night, remembering a time years ago when Meagan gave me a makeover and then I went to work the next day wearing stick-on earrings. They didn’t even match my suit.

Meagan and I had lunch together Friday, my way to see her before she headed to Mexico for her third mission trip to an orphanage down there. As I always do when I’m in a public place, I used the time to scout for potential models to pose for Mom’s Little Angel. I spotted several lovely daughter-mom combinations and handed out my card with an explanation of this project. Meagan calls it pimping myself out. Funny, I thought it was earning a living so I could afford her allowance.

Speaking of work, here are a few nuggets I pulled from two recently submitted stories:

“I am the mother of an 18-month-old baby girl. Every day is new and exciting because my daughter learns and does something new that makes me think my life is only just beginning.”

…and this came near the end of a heart touching story I am eager to share in the book:

“I’ve realized that one of the best things my mom left behind are her traits. I’ve come to love the fact that she and I have the same nose, chin, and hands. I love the fact that we have the same Flintstone feet. She gave them to me. And I am reminded every day that a little piece of her lives on with me.” Wow.

Jill and I are headed out of town for a few days. I have a book signing event and some mother-daughter playtime on the beach photos scheduled, so there will not be a new post until Wednesday morning. Check back then please!

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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