Author: Luisa Perkins
•9:48 PM
I am blessed. Unbeknownst to me, seven-year-old Tess entered a contest sponsored by the local Lions Club chapter. She wrote an essay nominating me for the annual "Mother of the Year" award. I'll type it exactly as it appears on her entry form:

My mom is important to our family and this community because...
She is kind. She helps our family stay healthy. There are six children in my family. My mom helps us learn and she cares for all of us. My mom is also an author and we like her books. She is helpful to our family. She makes us healthy food, she never leaves us alone. I know she is a good mother and always loves us. She is sweet, too. She is always good and helpful and sweet and kind. We love her and she loves us. When she has a hard time cleaning, we will help her. When mom wants us to get Anne to sleep, we did it kindly. When my mom is alone, we cheer her up by taking flowers to her.
I got a call from the Lions Club last week informing me that Tess had nominated me, and that we were invited to a special dinner at The Plumbush Inn. So tonight, Tess and I got dressed up and went, not really knowing what to expect.

It turns out there were four divisions in the contest: Kindergarten through 3rd Grade; Fourth through Eighth; High School; and Over 18. The Lion's Club members read all the letters without knowing who had written them and selected a winner in each category.

After we ate a lovely dinner with the Lions Club members and the other mothers and children, Tess read her entry aloud to the entire group. I received a beautiful bouquet of roses and a plaque naming me Mother of the Year, K-3 Division. The other three winning moms and I and our children had our photo taken for the local paper; here's one I asked someone to take of Tess and me.Personally, I really think it should have been a "Daughter of the Year" award; my darling girl made me feel so special and loved. Thanks, sweetie!
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19 comments:

On 11/5/09 , Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Oh, Luisa, I'm still on my hiatus, as you know, but this was so, so sweet! I'm so glad you posted the link on FB. I think you might all win Family of the Year. What a fabulous Mother's Day gift.

 
On 11/5/09 , Annette Lyon said...

What a wonderful tribute--and a great night for both of you. Something I'm sure you'll remember for a long time!

 
On 11/5/09 , Jenna Consolo said...

That is so stinkin' adorable! What a good little secret keeper too! I'm not surprised AT ALL that you are Mother of the Year now, officially, and I think it's a great boost of confidence for a budding writer like Tess. Very sweet!

You look beautiful too, by the way!

 
On 11/5/09 , Anonymous said...

Congratulations! What a fun surprise. K

 
On 11/5/09 , Kimberly said...

She is indeed a darling - all the more reflection of her darling mother. Congratulations!

 
On 12/5/09 , Brillig said...

I agree that Family of the Year award is the next step! What an amazing (and accurate) tribute from her! And how gorgeous are the two of you together!!?

Congratulations to you both!


(And I've got "Tesla Girl" stuck in my head now... That happens every time I hear her name. :-D)

 
On 12/5/09 , Anonymous said...

So entirely deserved. Congratulations!

Snailrind. xxx

 
On 12/5/09 , Jefferson O. said...

Congratulations, Luisa! After hearing the news Karen and Chris went home to beat their kids for not nominating their moms.

 
On 12/5/09 , Goofball said...

oh wow that is fantastic! congratulations with the well deserved award

 
On 12/5/09 , angelique said...

congratualtions! it is, of course, completely deserved

 
On 12/5/09 , Melanie J said...

Aw, shucks! How lucky for her that she recognizes a good thing when she has it!

 
On 12/5/09 , Radioactive Jam said...

W00T! (rock)

 
On 12/5/09 , strugglingwriter said...

That is go great. What a great daughter and a great Mom!

 
On 12/5/09 , Heidi Ashworth said...

Yay for both of you! (And look how cute you are!)

 
On 12/5/09 , LexiconLuvr said...

How wonderful your daughter is! And her tribute to you is just littered with love; both from you and her. Congratulations!

 
On 12/5/09 , Eowyn said...

Congrats! I love those moments when our kids surprise us.

Well done to Tess and you for being the kind of mom that she could write that about!

 
On 12/5/09 , anjmae said...

How FUN is that? It is so reassuring that after all is said and done, they still love us! tee hee! I got a Mother's Day Card that said, "I know you did your best..." hmmm...

 
On 18/5/09 , Lee Ann Setzer said...

Mother of the Daughter of the Year is also a great honor. You are both awesome!

 
On 5/7/09 , Unrepentant Escapist said...

That is so awesome. Congratulations!