Thursday, July 17, 2008

Pennies to Dollars

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~

Click here to read a review of Daddy’s Little Girl:
http://feministreview.blogspot.com/2008/07/daddys-little-girl-stories-of-special.html

Today’s photograph appears in the Spanish translation of my book Why a Daughter Needs a Mom.

A life lesson story for you (Part 1):

“Francis raised her daughters Deanne and Karen alone after a divorce. She knew there would be hard times ahead making do with one paycheck, but she was determined not to let anything compromise the time and opportunities she wanted to give to her daughters. In spite of the long hours she worked, Francis still made oatmeal cookies on the weekends and showed up at every one of her daughters’ special events.

Because of their circumstances the family of three didn’t have much discretionary money but Francis made sure the girls had the things they needed, as well as a little extra when she could provide it. Always a saver and adamant that you pay attention to every dime spent, she wanted to make sure her daughters learned to respect money. For this reason she was often heard to say, ‘pay your bills first, put some in savings second, and only then is the rest yours to spend as you wish.’

At the age of eleven Deanne came to truly understand the money management lesson her mother was trying to teach.

At that time, some twenty years ago, Deanne coveted a pair of popular, and expensive, designer jeans. She ran home one day after school and begged her mom for a pair, explaining nonchalantly they cost only $80. You can probably imagine Francis’ initial reaction when she found out how much her daughter wanted her to spend on one pair of jeans.

She told Deanne quite sternly that she would not be getting a pair and needed to get her head out of the clouds. Of course, this was not the answer Deanne wanted and she began to plead for the jeans. Finally too frustrated to listen any longer, Francis made a deal with her daughter. If she came home with good grades on her next report card she would receive half the money to buy a pair of the jeans. ‘You will have to come up with the other half,’ she further explained.

‘I don’t have a job,’ Deanne protested, thinking this deal was quite unfair.

‘You can earn it doing chores around here,’ Francis retorted.

During the next month Deanne weeded the yard, dusted everything in the house, cleaned bathrooms and washed dishes after every meal.

When her report card finally came, it arrived with excellent grades. That weekend Francis placed forty dollars in her daughter’s hand, representing the half she had promised to pay toward the jeans, and then placed the other half on top and said, ‘Good work, Deanne, I’m very proud of you. Now let’s go get these jeans!’”

Tune in tomorrow for the rest of the story.

Do you have a heartwarming mother-daughter story to tell? A glimpse into an important teaching moment between you and mom or daughter? A confirmation of love? Just a wonderful moment you’ll never forget? If yes, please let me know!

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

1 comment:

Jessica said...

This reminds me of a jacket my mom bought for a couple dollars from Zak's craft store. It was pink and she painted it and bedazzled it HEAVILY! I loved it. It had my name on it. My name was even bedazzled! It was the coolest piece of clothing. I love my mom. Thanks for bringing this memory back. I got leaky eyes now.

She made me look like a million bucks on products she got to keep for free at her work. I really looked celebrity! LOL