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A Mother Tenderized
by Erin E Kelly-Moen

Monday, May 17, 2004
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I had just put on eye shadow and was reaching for the mascara
when my 9yr. old daughter came home from school. She said
she had a letter from her teacher for her dad and me. “Oh, okay,”
I thought, unfolded the lined notebook paper, and read aloud.

*Mr. and Mrs. Moen,

One of the students in my
class recently lost her mother’s
gold earrings. Mariah found
these earrings and returned

I smiled. She was a good girl, had done the right thing.
Sometimes, she brought ‘things’ home she said
she had found or were given to her by her classmates.

*The girl’s mother asked me
to give Mariah a ten dollar
reward for being honest. I
gave her the money this

Another smile. She would be eager to travel the hour
to the Wal-Mart in Safford to spend her money,
probably on doll clothes. She loved her dolls.

*In class today, we talked
about St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital
and why they sponsor the
Math-a-thon. Following our
discussion, Mariah donated her
ten dollars to the Math-a-thon.*

I felt the poignant piercing of my heart flow
to prickle my eyes, causing me to catch my breath.
As the words warmly blurred, I glanced
at my shining daughter, and almost sobbed.
Quickly, I finished the letter.

*You have an AWESOME
daughter. I’m so glad that
she’s been in my class this year.

Thank you,
M. Arrington*

She smiled delightedly and went to find a snack,
leaving me filled with tenderized emotions. I had
asked her what her classmates had thought
of her giving her money up to help St. Jude’s kids.
As she had turned away, she said, “I gave it to her
after the kids went out to recess, Mom.”

I have an AWESOME daughter…

The overflow of tears slid proudly down my cheeks.
Luckily, I hadn’t put my mascara on yet.

Erin Elizabeth Kelly-Moen
© Copyright 5/17/04

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Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 10/15/2008
Hello Erin,

Yes, awesome . . . perfect!

Best wishes,

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 1/1/2008

Your daughter is a reflection of you - of good parenting - of knowing the difference between right and wrong, of knowing what love and compassion is - you and your husband have done good. Congratulations, and give her a (((HUG))) from me. Well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Nicole Davis Vergara (Reader) 5/18/2004
Ahhhhhh Erin you and your husband have every blessed reason to be proud!!!! Your daughter is a gem and so is this touching slice of your lives with us here you have shared!!!!

Reviewed by Paul Berube 5/18/2004
Erin, you have a beautiful little girl. You managed to put a lump in my throat this morning. Maybe we can learn by following her example.
Reviewed by Carmen Ruggero 5/17/2004
What a tender story, and how proud you must feel. Our children will surprise us, from time to time, and make us feel fuzzy all over. Good kid -- good mom, I'm sure!

Carmen :-)
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 5/17/2004
You must be soooooo proud Erin!!

Beautiful Hugs to her from Aunty Tinky!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by E T Waldron 5/17/2004
I congratulate you mother for it had to come
partially from you, at least! You are blessed.
This is a most beautiful write and I thank you
for sharing, give your daughter a hug for me too!;-)
Reviewed by Jack Roberts 5/17/2004
Awwwwwwwww This was a blessing to read. : )

Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 5/17/2004
This was so dear to read, you do indeed have an awesome daughter! she has a pretty wonderful mother too, Lovely poem,


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