Friday, June 20, 2008

Life of the Party

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.

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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~

A portion of a story I received about a mom who makes every occasion a special one:

“Each year everyone's birthday included a home made cake decorated with small toys representing them. One year my uncle and aunt had just moved and my uncle wasn't up to celebrating his birthday that year, but my mom showed up with gifts and a cake decorated with four wheelers because that was something he had always wanted.

When my sister and I were still living at home my mom would buy Congratulations Graduate cakes on the last day of school. She does this EVERY YEAR. When my sister graduated from kindergarten my mom got her and me elaborate new dresses and after the assembly we went home where she had put together a plate of hors d'oeuvres, a cake, and a bottle of champagne with flutes decorated for the occasion.

Whenever someone has a medical procedure done she gets them a get well "package" full of pampering things like bath gel, lotions, etc. As the grandchildren accomplished the time consuming feat of potty training my mother would give them a gift. I'm not talking a two-dollar pack of play dough, it would be something the child had been pining over but Christmas was too far away. Halloween and Independence Day were both two day celebrations. For Halloween my sister and I went trick or treating and to our school parties. My mom would drive us around after the party to do more trick or treating to the houses that were still awake and afterward go home and watch scary movies. We wouldn't get to bed until after midnight. Mom let us stay home from school every November 1 so that we could go through our candy and relive the night before festivities.

In the small town that I grew up in there used to be a 4th of July dance every year for adults only. My mom loved to go the dances and had many friends who would travel from afar to attend as well. However my mother saw it unfair that kids could not go, especially if they were chaperoned by their parent. So she would smuggle us in so that we could dance the night away with her as the opening of our Independence Day celebrations.

On the 4th my sister and I would don our 4th of July outfits, which were always a mandate for my mother, and participate in the parade, program, and sports with mom cheering and picture taking from the side lines. We would barbeque and do fireworks every year; we still do only now my sister and I have husbands and children who join.”

Wow, that mom knows how to have a party!

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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