Chicken Soup for Every Mom's Soul

CHICKEN SOUP FOR EVERY MOM’S SOUL

CHICKEN SOUP
FOR EVERY
MOM’S SOUL

New Stories of Love and
Inspiration for Moms of All Ages

Jack Canfield
Mark Victor Hansen
Heather McNamara
Marci Shimoff

Health Communications, Inc.
Deerfield Beach, Florida

www.hcibooks.com
www.chickensoup.com

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Chicken soup for every mom’s soul : new stories of love and inspiration for moms of all ages / Jack Canfield...[et al.].

  p. cm.

eISBN-13: 978-0-7573-9496-6
eISBN-10: 0-7573-9496-5

1. Mothers—Anecdotes. 2. Motherhood—Anecdotes. 3. Mother and child— I. Canfield, Jack, 1944-

HQ759.C523 2005
306.874’3—dc22

2004060705

© 2005 John T. Canfield and Hansen and Hansen LLC

All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the written permission of the publisher.

HCI, its logos and marks are trademarks of Health Communications, Inc.

Publisher: Health Communications, Inc.
             3201 S.W. 15th Street
             Deerfield Beach, FL 33442–8190

Cover design by Andrea Perrine Brower
Inside formatting by Dawn Von Strolley Grove

W
e dedicate this book to baby Navarrette,
who witnessed its creation from coauthor
Heather’s womb. We welcome you
and all new babies with our deepest wishes
for a world full of joy, peace and love.

Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

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1. ON LOVE

Saying I Love You
LindaCarol Cherken

Behind Blue Eyes
Jenny Graham

Words to Love By
Mother Teresa

Princess
Kristy Ross

An Impromptu Dance at Dusk
Marian Gormley

Billy the Brave
J. T. Fenn

Cellular Love
Amy Hirshberg Lederman

Mini Massage Therapists
Marian Gormley

The Gravy Boat Rescue
W. W. Meade

Mom’s Favorite Child
Sue Thomas Hegyvary

Letter to Josh
Linda Masters

My Mother’s Blue Bowl
Alice Walker

Always Believe in Miracles
Gerrie Edwards

Love on Trial
James N. McCutcheon

2. A MOTHER’S COURAGE

My Mother’s Strength
Patricia Jones

Learning to Say Hello
Kathi Rose

Pennies from Heaven
Susan Clarkson Moorhead

Shoulder to Shoulder
Carol McAdoo Rehme

Bound by Love
Victoria Patterson

A Misfortune—Not a Tragedy
James A. Nelson

My Son, the Street Person
Eva Nagel

3. ON MOTHERHOOD

Motherhood: A Transformation
Peggy Jaeger

Sibling Rivalry
Deeptee
and
Vikrum Seth

Loving Her Best
Deborah Shouse

Motherhood 101
Karen L. Waldman with Alyson Powers

What I Want Most for You, My Child
Saritha Prabhu

And What Do You Do?
Jennifer Singer

The Littlest Girl Scout
Erica Orloff

Lost and Found
Alice Steinbach

A Long Day at the Track
Mary Kay Blakely

The Kiddie Garden
Jacklyn Lee Lindstrom

Anniversary Celebration
Renee Mayhew

Near Misses and Good-Night Kisses
Sally Nalbor

4. BECOMING A MOTHER

Replicas
Melissa Arnold Hill

Pink and Blue Makes . . . Green?
Debbie Farmer

Outpouring of Love
Jean Brody

Love Can Build a Bridge
Naomi Judd

Calling Mr. Clean
Karen C. Driscoll

I Am a Mother
Joan Sedita

I’ll Do It
Barbara Wojciechowski as told to Heather Black

You’ll Never Be the Same
Kim McLarin

5. INSIGHTS AND LESSONS

Mother’s Lessons Can Last a Lifetime
Vicki Marsh Kabat

Entertaining Angels
Jaye Lewis

Trying Times and Dirty Dishes
Cynthia Hamond

On-the-Job Training
Karen Trevor

Mother’s Magic
Mimi Greenwood Knight

Gotta Watch the Fish Eat
Cheryl Kirking

Dancing for Fireflies
Sarah Benson

Nobody’s Perfect
Mary Kay Blakely

A Mother’s Letter to Santa
Debbie Farmer

Momma’s Little Surprise
Susan Krushenick

Look at Me
Jaie Ouens

Mother Love
Carol McAdoo Rehme

The Last Rebellion—Weddings
Ruth Lehrer

Recipe for Life
Arthur Bowler

6. SPECIAL MOMENTS

Snow at Twilight
Maggie Wolff Peterson

Picture Day
Carolyn C. Armistead

Sharing a Bowl of Happiness
Kristy Ross

The Good-Night Kiss
Georgette Symonds

Anticipating the Empty Nest
Bonnie Feuer

Teddy Bear Tonic
Bonnie Walsh Davidson

The Day Mama Went on Strike
Nancy West

The Peach-Colored Crayon
Phyllis Nutkis

7. MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS

The Bike Trip
Peggy Newland

The Piano
Phyllis Nutkis

Don’t Cry Out Loud
Carla Riehl

First Love
Sophia Valles Bligh

It’s a Date!
Carol McAdoo Rehme

My Daughter, the Musician
Linda Ellerbee

She Came Back Bearing Gifts
Luann Warner

The Pink High-Tops
Dorothy Raymond Gilchrest

8. LETTING GO

To See You
Cynthia M. Hamond

Mama’s Hands
Beth Crum Sherrow

The Fragrance of Chanel
Charlotte A. Lanham

Signs of the Times
Bonnie Michael

Light in the Dark
Betsey Neary

Tomorrow Is Not Promised
Rita Billbe

9. A GRANDMOTHER’S LOVE

A Dance with My Grandmother
Rusty Fischer

Mended Hearts and Angel Wings
Anne S. Cook

Sacred Cows
Ina Hughs

Gran
Mary Ann Horenstein

Little Bits of Letting Go
Lynda Van Wyk

Porch-Swing Cocktails
Rusty Fischer

10. TIES THAT BIND

Another Mother
Jann Mitchell

Recapturing the Joy
Lee Sanne Buchanan

In the Eyes of the Beholders
Deborah Shouse

Sunday Afternoons
Phyllis Nutkis

Baked with Loving Hands
Phyllis Ring

The Intent of the Heart
Walker Meade

Mother’s Silver Candlesticks
Liesel Shineberg

Baby Steps
Jane Glenn Haas

The Mother’s Day Gift
Joan Sutula

The Quilt
Paula McDonald

More Chicken Soup?

Supporting Others

Who Is Jack Canfield?

Who Is Mark Victor Hansen?

Who Is Heather McNamara?

Who Is Marci Shimoff?

Contributors

Permissions

Acknowledgments

The path to
Chicken Soup for Every Mom’s Soul
has been made all the more beautiful by the many great supporters who have been there with us along the way. Our heartfelt gratitude to:

Our families, who have been chicken soup for our souls!

Inga, Travis, Riley, Christopher, Oran and Kyle for all their love and support.

Patty, Elisabeth and Melanie Hansen, for once again sharing and lovingly supporting us in creating yet another book.

Willanne Ackerman, Heather’s mom, for taking time out of her busy-filled days to read every story and edit the ones that needed a bit more oomph—all because she would do anything for one of her children. Pete Ackerman, Willanne’s husband, for giving Willanne the freedom to do anything for one of her children. Katy and Laura McNamara, readers extraordinaire, who read all the stories out of a backpack while on a trip through Italy with the entire McNamara clan. Heather’s brother, Danny, for always being there when needed. Rick Navarrette, who we know is going to be a wonderful father—just like Heather’s dad—Jim McNamara.

Sergio Baroni for supporting us and for sharing his truth, joy and love of life. Thank you for the ever-present song in your heart. Marci’s always loving and supportive parents, Marcus and Louise Shimoff, and Lynda, Paul, Susan, Max, Francesca, Silvia, Ivan, Aaron, Jared, Tony and Vickie for being such a great family. Catherine Oxenberg and Bonnie Solow for being cherished soul sisters, and Bill Bauman for his profound gifts of love and wisdom.

Carol Kline for her invaluable contribution to the creation of this book. Your clear insight, sound judgment and extraordinary skill in evaluating and editing stories were a supreme gift. And your friendship is always deeply treasured.

D’ette Corona for amazing us with her near-miraculous abilities and achievements in obtaining permissions, communicating with contributors, and so much more.We thank you deeply for your great dedication, heart and spirit.

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