Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Amazing Mom

I am searching for heartfelt and inspirational stories about family relationships, stories that share wisdom and teach important moral and life lessons, stories from which children and parents might derive hope, guidance and a smile after reading them.

I am conducting recorded telephone interviews to gather the information necessary to portray your story. Interviews last 30-45 minutes; just send me an email (See “Links” below for my address) requesting an interview appointment.

For those who prefer to write their story rather than participate in an interview, you must submit it via my website. Please visit www.gregoryelang.com and click the red corner on the home page just beneath the “Projects” tab.

Stories are not published as submitted or told but rather are used as anecdotes told by me, the narrator, to help illustrate a message about teaching or cherished moments between mothers and daughters.

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Stories about the fun moms and daughters have together, how moms teach daughters what it means to be a woman (putting on makeup, first period, first bra, first boyfriend), help with the challenges of a wedding and marriage, daughters helping mom in a technological world, etc., are all welcome.

NOTE: The deadline to offer a mother-daughter story has been reset to the original deadline of August 1st.

Now on to today’s post~

I want to share this touching tribute that came to me from Rhea Thomas:

“My mother is the one woman I look up to most in this world. It's true. She's a huge role model to me, and if I could turn out to be half the woman she is I would be so happy.

She's taught me much throughout my life; she has helped mold me into the person I am today, and shown me the person I want to continue to work to BE. When I was little, growing up on our ranch, she took us (me, my little sister and our four older half-siblings) on hikes into the woods. She taught us the names of every tree, flower and bush, and even showed us the edible ones. I wish I'd listened closer.

She encouraged creativity, doing crafts with us at home, making God's Eyes and collages. I wish I had her artistic ability. It inspired me to try to do crafts with my kids, and they love my attempts.

She kept a steady supply of books on our bookshelves and boosted my love of reading. She read to us and encouraged knowledge and learning. She went back to school and finished two undergraduate degrees and a law degree with children at home.

We learned to be mischievous from her, from all the little pranks she pulled around the house, from the Styrofoam head in the toilets to the "I'm not your mother, an alien has taken over my body" events. When she toilet-papered her friend's house we went along and learned the art of papering.

She gave me my first camera and passed on her love of photography. She taught me to preserve my family's memories through pictures and to put them albums right away, so we could enjoy and relive our happy times through them.

She shared her love of animals with me. My life is not complete with an animal in my life. We had cats, dogs, cattle, pigs, chickens, donkeys, ducks, horses, peacocks and rabbits on our ranch. We always had pets growing up and she even talked me into getting a pot belly pig in high school when I wanted a puppy. Cory the pig became the best pet I've ever had.

She taught me I should reach for the stars and could do anything I put my mind to. I know potential is inside me because she put it there. She taught me it's never too late to do something with my life.

Best of all, she is now teaching MY children these things, and for that, I am thrilled beyond belief. They will benefit from knowing her and her knowledge, just like I did, and I could honestly not ask for more from her.

I love my mom. She's my best friend, my mentor, my confidant, my idol, and one of the most amazing people I know. I truly treasure her and the relationship we have. Thanks, Mom, for all you do and all that you are.”

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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