Monday, July 28, 2008

When No is the best answer

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.

If this is your first visit to my blog, please read the Frequently Asked Questions posted on March 20, 2008.

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~

Amanda sat in the car alongside her mom, frustrated and angry that her overbearing, controlling mother would not let her spend the night with a girlfriend just because she didn’t approve of her friend’s conduct.

“Why are you so mean?” Amanda finally asked, rather, accused, her mom. Isabel turned to her daughter, her only child, in shock and speechless. Her lips quivered and a tear trickled from the corner of her eye.

“Amanda” she said, “I can tell you I have never been a mom before, but I’ve been who you are. I’ve been a daughter wanting to go places and do things, not caring what my mother thought. Honestly, I don’t know if I am doing the right thing by saying ‘No,’” she paused and wiped the tear from her cheek, “but I do know I don’t want anything to happen to you.”

In that moment the daughter came to realize the mother wasn’t an ogre after all, but simply a well meaning woman trying her best to be a good mom.

Amanda didn’t go anywhere that evening, and to this day she thinks of that enlightening moment in the car when she deals with her own children, hoping that they too will realize one day why sometimes she too must say “No.”

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!

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