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The modern holiday of Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908. Every year since, sons and daughters have found countless ways to honor their mothers whether through a phone call, sending a card in the mail or taking them out for Sunday brunch.
Here at 22nd Century Media, we give readers an opportunity to let mom know how much they mean to them with our annual Mother’s Day Essay Contest. We always receive some great entries and this time around was no different.
The winners, as chosen by our editorial team, were selected from the coverage area of our seven North Shore publications: The Wilmette Beacon, The Winnetka Current, The Glencoe Anchor, The Northbrook Tower, The Glenview Lantern, The Highland Park Landmark and The Lake Forest Leader.
We would like to thank contest sponsors Morning Glory Flower Shop (locations at 1135 Central Ave., Wilmette and 1822 Glenview Road, Glenview) and Lake Forest Flowers (546 N Western Ave., Lake Forest) for generously donating prizes to our winners.
Without further ado, here are this year’s winners:
- Rachel Mohn, of Wilmette, for an essay written by her daughter, Amara
“It is very difficult to write about my mother in just three-hundred words. No, she has not won the Nobel Prize, and she was not the first woman on the moon, but she is my mother, and that is all I could ask for.
When I think of my mother, I think of a few words, compassion, dedication, and unconditional love. When I struggled with my personal health, she was there for me, even when she herself was not at one-hundred percent. No matter what she is going through, she is always there for anyone. She constantly tells us she loves us, even when sometimes, we may not believe it. She is passionate, diligent, heartfelt, determined and very funny.
The wonderful human being called my mother is a stay-at-home mom. People might think, “That is just a way to say that she does not work.” But, the truth is, she works harder than anyone else I know. Even though she may not have reached her dream job of being a stand-up comedian, trust me, taking care of my family is way more than enough for one person. In my opinion, a mother is someone who is supposed to be the person who guides you, picks you up, and nurtures you, and my mother is the epitome of this, no Nobel Prize needed.”
- Jane Merydith, of Northbrook, for an essay written by Stephanie Moretta
- Mary LoGiudice, of Lake Forest, for an essay written by JoAnn Desmond