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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Mother (as in maternal parent) (04/24/08)

TITLE: A Mother's Tradition
By Crystal Beavin
04/27/08


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As Mother's Day approaches, I find it easy to recollect my childhood memories. That is because most of my fondest memories center around my mother. Coming from a large family with five children in the house, it was sometimes difficult to have one-on-one time with her. The alone times did come more frequently as we grew older and the demands of young children lessened, but she still managed to display love even in the busy years.


While pondering these memories, I concluded that my favorite one began when I was very young and continued the entire time I lived at home. Occasionally as a child, I would have bad dreams. Feeling frightened, I would always go to my mom and ask if I could sleep in her bed for the rest of the night. With tenderness, she always allowed me to. Even though I knew this was uncomfortable for her, she never once complained. She just lovingly put her arm around me and held me close. Amazingly, the fearful emotions disappeared the moment I crawled into bed with her. There was a sense of comfort and peace beside her. Listening to my mother breathe somehow made the world feel like a safer place. This was the one-on-one time I cherished most.


Now, as a mother myself, I sometimes hear words whispered in my ear in the middle of the night, saying, "Mommy, can I sleep with you? I had a bad dream." My response is the same as my mother's was, "Of course you can."


Recently, my older daughter mentioned to me that she always found it special when having a bad dream knowing that she could get in bed with me. She told me that she has already decided that she too will let her children in her bed when she gets married. Even though it wasn't intended, a "Mother's Tradition" has started in our family. It's a tradition where bad dreams are chased away by a mother's love.


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Sara Harricharan 05/01/08
Great last lines! "A bad dream is always chased away by a mother's love" that's neat, what a special tradition! ^_^
Judy Bowers05/04/08
This is a lovely tribute to your Mother. I enjoyed reading it.