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Story Weekend: Mom

dreamstime_xs_40298629In honor of Mother’s Day this weekend in the US, the theme for Story Weekend is Mom. Please share a story about your Mom or a woman who has made a difference in your life.

If you’re new to Story Weekend, here’s how it works: I pick a theme and you share something from your life that relates to that theme, however you interpret it. Thanks to all of you who’ve contributed. As always, there are a few “rules”:

▪ The story must be true

▪ Try to keep it under 100 words. Embrace the challenge! That’s about six or seven lines in the comment form. I want others to read your story, and most people tend to skip if it’s too long. I know how tough it is to “write tight” but I hope you’ll accept this as a challenge

5 Comments

  1. Susan Roberts on May 10, 2015 at 11:26 am

    On the weekend of my mother’s 90th birthday, all of her children gathered at her condo. No spouses, no grandchildren, just her five remaining children. It was a weekend of celebration and fun as we all quickly took on our roles from childhood and enjoyed being together as a family again. But the weekend was much more important than just the fun of being together. Mom is moving into a nursing home next month and wanted to pass down her personal items to us.

    The weekend was about so much more than tears and treasures. The real treasure of the weekend was the memories that my mom passed along to all of us. With every item she gave to one of us, there was a story – a memory of a grandparent who taught her to embroider, a friend in nurses training, her courtship with our dad, their early years of marriage, stories about uncles and aunts and cousins who are long dead but – thanks to this weekend – will live on in our families collective memories. Mom gave us so much more than cedar chests and clocks and pictures this weekend, she gave us a real sense of family and an oral family history that we can now pass down to our children and grandchildren. What a fantastic gift she has given to us!

    • Diane Chamberlain on May 10, 2015 at 11:49 am

      What a time to treasure!

  2. Leigh on May 11, 2015 at 1:19 am

    Diane, it doesn’t follow your rules, but I wanted to share my Mother’s Day link with you.

    http://www.sleuthsayers.org/2015/05/aged-p.html

  3. Robert Woodruff on May 12, 2015 at 7:20 am

    Thanks to you and your reader Susan Roberts for reminding me. One of the lines from The Silent Sister that seared into me was Jeannie’s to Riley that young people don’t think to ask their parents about themselves. “It’s all about ‘me, me, me.’” That’s so true, and so unfortunate, especially if the parent passes on before you wake up and think to ask. Talk about regrets. Live in the present, for sure, Danny. But don’t ignore your past. The unexamined life is not worth living.

  4. Teri Lauezzari on June 19, 2015 at 7:24 am

    My relationship with my mum fell apart a while ago when she left my dad and home when I was 13. We still talk and see each other every couple of months but we’ve lost what we once had. I’m 23 years old, when I was 17 and studying childcare at college (UK) i had to do a nanny placement where I found a husband and wife (mid 40’s) with 3 children ages 6 months, 2 and 5. All i had to do was go in 2 days a week and help the mother and get some experience over the course of 6 weeks. Well, it’s been over 6 years now and this woman is the mother I always wanted but never realized I needed. She has been there for me in more ways then i can even comprehend, all the good, graduation of university and all the bad, my dad’s passing. She picked me up at a time in my life when I thought I couldn’t get back up and she has looked after me like her own child since. She refers to me as her surrogate daughter. He family is now my family, the her 3 beautiful children ( age nearly 7, 9 and 11) are my siblings and friends and I honestly love them with all my heart!

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