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Make Your Momma Proud

May 10, 2013 02:22PM ● By tina

Over the last eight years, Mike has read thousands of essays describing the amazing moms of Southlake.

May's Letter from the Editor

It’s a simple act she performs even before her baby takes a first step and continues with an encouraging phrase offered before a nervous performance. Eventually, it becomes a state of mind that lives on long after the child has left home.

Heard from the bleachers and auditoriums of my youth, four words — “Make your momma proud!” — could help me overcome any obstacle. My mother always said it with a rosy-cheeked smile so big her eyes squinted with joy.

During my formative years, those words offered more than any home field advantage. As an adult, a mere phone call transported her words of encouragement to me exactly when I needed them most. Although she’s no longer here to encourage me in person, the repetition of those words left her inimitable voice imprinted in my head, producing the lasting effect she desired.

Fortunately, I know a mother’s love firsthand, as do so many kids whose parents read this magazine. Each year, I look forward to reading hundreds of heartfelt essays from kids in our community extolling the virtues of their mothers.

“Awesome as a cherry blossom,” “hugs that last long after she lets go” and “magnetic to greatness” are some of my favorites from this year’s entrants into our Eighth Annual Best Mom Essay Contest. The latter came from the winning essay of Old Union Elementary fourth-grader Preston Stone as he called his mother, Jerri, his own personal hero.

Jerri may be this year’s winner, but so are all of the mothers whose kids shared their essays with us. I know for a fact they made their mommas proud, too.

Yours in Southlake Style...

Mike Tesoriero