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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Mother (as in maternal parent) (04/24/08)

TITLE: A Birthday Present
By Brigitte Hidalgo


I was born on my motherís 18th birthday. I was considered an oops, a mistake, an unplanned pregnancy by many. But never by my mother. She said I was the best birthday present ever! And I believed her.

Mom was young but years do not gauge the ability to love, to teach, or to raise a healthy individual. My mom and dad had broken up before she realized she was pregnant. My dad did the ďrightĒ thing and married her. They vowed they would divorce in a year. It was important to them to give me a last name. Itís been 43 years, they are still married. Through the years they have given me much more than a last name!

My mom learned by trial and error how to be a mom. She learned a lot in the first few years, like if you donít fasten the strap between the babies legs she will slip out of the stroller and roll down the apartment stairs as you bounce the stroller down the steps. She learned that after dad ArmorAlled the seats of his Chevelle a little girl could have fun sliding back and forth when dad punched it on the turns (this was, of course, before seatbelt laws). She learned that gum is really hard to get out of pigtails, that skinned knees really do require a kiss, that you don't talk about private things at home in front of a gabby kid, that little girls arenít really made of sugar and spice, and much more.

I was allowed to play, get dirty, make mistakes and was always welcomed on my mom's knee.
She wasn't real strict, but when she disapproved I felt ashamed to have disappointed her.
She taught me about Jesus. She taught me to love and believe the best of people. She taught me to forgive. She taught me to try and try again. She taught me to believe I was special, and made unique by a loving creator.

Through the years mom has been my friend, my mentor, my confidant, my biggest fan, and my example of a godly wife and mother. I am not sure how an 18 year old kid grew to be such an amazing mom. I just know that she did! An oops? I think not,...God had a plan.

Jeremiah 29:11
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Psalm 139:13
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.

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I loved this piece. It was exceedingly uplifting. I was surprised how many stories were about bad experiences with moms. You are most blessed.
Joy Faire Stewart05/02/08
Oh, I love this! Mom & Dad are certainly wonderful examples. Great job!
Karie Spiller05/03/08
I liked it. It was a very uplifting story. I am so glad that it is about good experiences with mom. Makes me want to call mine.
Sara Harricharan 05/06/08
Definitely not an Oops! I loved the line that God had a plan, indeed he did! What a birthday present. I loved the tone and voice of this, it was light-hearted and true. I liked it. Nice job. ^_^
Marilyn Schnepp 05/08/08
A really delightful story of a great Mom, (not to mention a terrific Dad)! You've written this so well, and it was truly an enjoyable romp through and an entertaining read...Good Job! Kudos!