I want to help you give your mother something super special for Mother’s Day this year. Together we can touch her heart and make her weep May 13th.
So please don’t purchase her that lame card or soon-to-be-limp bouquet. Instead send her a copy of an eBook that contains a favorite memory with your name attached.
Like Chicken Soup of the Soul, Midlife Mona Lisa is compiling the best mother memories by collecting stories from sons and daughters via a contest running now through May 7th.
More than 212 entries will be included in the book along with accepted photographs, however only three winners will receive special recognition.
Midlife Mona Lisa will post the eBook, 212 Reasons My Mom Rules, just in time for Mother’s Day, May 13th. The eBook will be posted live for download at Midlife Mona Lisa Mother’s Day weekend. Any one can download a copy to read and winning entrant’s especially can to send a copy to their mothers for the perfect Mother’s Day gift. Deadline for entry is May 7, 2012. Entries should be no more than a paragraph, preferably 60 words or less.
Got writer’s block? Just answer these questions to come up with your entry
(1) When did you laugh until you cried because of your mom?
(2) What memories of your mom make you smile or cry when you think back?
(3) What funny sayings, stories or remarks did your mom always say?
There are three ways to enter (1) post your entry on the Midlife Mona Lisa’s Facebook page with a photo (2) direct message your entry on Twitter to @midlifemona using the hash tag #mymomrules (3) email your entry and photograph to Brenda [at] midlifemonalisa.com.
Entries from 212 sons and daughters will be selected, however only three will receive hard copies of the book along with gift certificates of $50 to the winner and $25 each to the runners up.
Here’s an excerpt from contest’s entrants thus far:
212 Reasons My Mom Rules
▪ I loved growing up hearing my mom read us grand stories of Greek gods, goats, and great cities. Just before my 50th birthday, I had to be hospitalized to remove a benign tumor on my spine. On one of my mom’s visits she pulled out the book, The Nose,” by Gogol, which I enjoyed hearing her read again to me even through my morphine induced fog. ~ Susie Hadas
▪ Even though she had six kids to tend to my mom took a side job ironing clothes for 10 cents an item so I could join the cheerleading squad and be able to buy the required uniform. ~ Audrey Sparks
▪ My mom always looked like a movie star and made sure my sister and I had cute clothes, table manners, baton skills, and the know-how to be strong, smart, and independent like her. Thanks mom! ~ Kelli Austin
▪ My mom was the perfect southern gentlewoman because she never left the house, even to just run to the post office, without full makeup, her hair done and a coordinated outfit. It was very disappointing to her when she would see me out and about in jeans, t-shirt and sneakers, ponytail and no makeup. More than once, I got a lecture that always included “I can’t believe you have let yourself go like this!” ~ Betty G. Woody
▪ My mom rule because she’s both a great mother and roommate. At 83 she need a certain amount of looking after, but more for my own peace of mind. The arrangement gives me peace knowing I get to see her everyday without making an extra stop. She isn’t lonely and I don’t feel guilty. ~ Gina Danner
“My wish is to receive thousands of stories and photographs from around the world. What I don’t use in the book can be used in future articles, seminars and blog posts about special women and how they are leaving their legacy with their children and others,” says Brenda Clevenger, founder of Midlife Mona Lisa.
Just 200 more entries to go, please post your stories in the comments below or email me at brenda [at] midlifemonalisa.com. I can’t wait to hear how your mom made you feel and made your life a little sweeter.
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