Friday, July 25, 2008

Wishing Well

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~

I received this email from a dad who told me a story for Daddy’s Little Girl:

“I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your book. I sent a copy to my daughter without her knowing that our contribution was included and she was overcome that you printed our little vignette.

I would like to share with you the Father's Day card that Susie sent to me. The front is a photo of four legs, two male and two smaller ones, dangling off the end of a pier over water. It says

'When I was little, getting to hang out with my dad was on of the best things in the whole world.'

The inside says: 'Still is.'

Life is good.

Men (and women too), who fail to establish that relationship with their children do not realize how important it is later in life. What else are we here for?”

I can’t agree with you more, sir.

And then there is this mom-daughter story based on one morning a mother described to me:

“It was dawn when Rene awakened and sat up in bed. She was in a great morning mood, not at all crabby as if she were rolling out of the wrong side of the bed. She was beyond that now.

Little Tessa lay curled up beside mom, her young skin resting against Rene’s. The little girl’s morning breath whispered in and out in the quite room as she panted during her innocent dreams. Mom leaned down to the cherub face and inhaled the odor that to her was nothing less than sweet. With gentle fingers she swept the wild curly hair behind her daughter’s ears.

A new day was beginning and everything was just as it should have been. Just the way her daughter needed it to be. Rene quietly got out of bed and went about her morning routine.

The best part of the morning for Rene was that it proceeded with clarity. Nothing was fuzzy or foggy or forgotten from the night before. She smiled, recalling how they had played Candy Land and then sang together while sharing a bubble bath. And again today Tessa would get a warm breakfast and be at the school bus stop on time.

There were no more mornings of late arrivals or skipping school altogether. There were no more mornings when Rene would stumble out of bed and be angry as she poured a cup of coffee and swore one more time to stop drinking. Cancelled play dates, skipped music lessons and forgotten ballet classes were a thing of the past.

For this clarity, for the new stability, peace and happiness in her life, Rene had Tessa to thank. It was the sweet, innocent little girl’s softly spoken wish while throwing a penny in a fountain that had changed everything.”

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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