- Published on Saturday, 08 May 2010 02:05
My son finished his Mother's Day essay, turned that into his teacher, and she submitted the piece to our local newspaper. There was one first place winner, one second place winner and several runner-ups. My son's essay was a runner-up (honorable mention).He was quite excited and informed us that he had won a gemstone for me. I, of course, wanted the essay, too. What did he write about me? All these years of hearing, "It's not fair!" and "Why do you make me do that!?" and "I wish I could just live with my dad where I can do whatever I want!"
I've stuck to my guns countless times: "Say what you will but I'm quite certain I'm a good mother. Some day you will appreciate that; even if you can't see through the smog right now."
So what did he say about me? I was excited to get the gemstone (which we will put into a necklace, upon his wishes). However, I really wanted to see that essay! I called the school secretary today: "WHERE IS MY ESSAY?" At the jeweler, along with your gem, she explained. Oh...okay, then. I'll be patient.
I now have the essay in my hands. Here is what my son had to say:
Best Mom Ever
I have the most breakthtaking mom in the world. I love my mom is an undescribable way. She is very intruiging and exciting to be around. One thing I adore about her is she always looks on the bright side of everything. Another, is she is an incredible cook. Next, she makes snacks for every holiday for my class. If I could choose any mom in the world, I would always pick my astonishing mother. Those are a few things about my mom, believe me though, there is a lot more about her that would make you love her instantly.
He did inform me that he had used big words in a attempt to win over the judges. LOL. The last line is my favorite. I'm also feeling a bit validated in my parenting abilities right about now - can you blame me? Perhaps I'm not so bad, or mean, or unfair after-all.
Any time I'm accused of such things in the future, I'll have this essay now - as proof - that I'm actually *all that* :-)
Or...I may just put it aside, in my memory box, and view it from time to time as a little reminder: all is right with my world and everything is just as it should be.
I wish all mothers a very Happy Mother's Day, 2010! May your head hit the pillow with a feeling of contentment - admist the tiredness, messy house and un-kept hairdo.
ABOUT the Author:
Shara Lawrence-Weiss is the owner of Mommy Perks, Kids Perks and Personal Child Stories. She has a background in early childhood, nanny work, published freelance, marketing and special needs.