It’s Always the Quiet Ones – Mother’s Day Contest Entry


It’s Always the Quiet Ones

By Lindsay Guido

This is my adorable mom 40 years ago. Throughout her entire life, she has sacrificed her own comfort to provide warmth, security and support to everyone in my family.

She spent countless hours caring for me when I was almost constantly sick as a child. She made special Halloween costumes by hand (the likes of which did not exist in the ‘80s.) Every birthday cake (made from scratch) had a special custom picture of my choosing made of frosting. Even my hideous corrective shoes got magical pictures of unicorns painted on them so I would feel better. During my childhood I had a pony, took yearly trips to Disney World and spent every day of the summer pretending to be a real mermaid in our own swimming pool.  Hey everyone, you can stop being parents now … it’s been done to perfection.

Then onto my nightmarish and chubby teenage years where she assured me that I did not have “back fat” (though I clearly did), that I was pretty and nice, and that the bad things that came with adolescence were not my fault (though some of them obviously were.)

And now, even as I contend with complex adult problems, she continues to encourage me, to incentivize my successes and try to inspire me to embrace change.

We enjoy watching old Judy Garland movies and marvel at how far women have come since then. I should mention she also still becomes concerned when I try to eat a sandwich that is more than 24 hours old. She puts up with every stupid, selfish thing we all do without judgment or complaint.

Now her caretaking extends to my sister’s kids and her elderly parents. Yet she still finds the energy to rock out to “Just Dance” with the kids. With this kind of upbringing, I should be president by now.

But this for once is not about me.

Honestly, she deserves way more than a gift card, but it would be a nice start…
About Lindsay Guido: 34-year-old woman going thru a divorce. About to reinvent my life and go to college for the first time.

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About Bonita Jewel

Bonita Jewel is an author and blogger who writes on a variety of themes, including: Literature & poetry Writing Parenting Purpose After living in India from the age of 16 to 28, she returned to California with her husband and three children. She is pursuing a Degree at Fresno State University. Bonita teaches community education at Clovis Adult. Her courses include Blogging Basics, Power Editing, Creative Writing, and Working from Home. She also freelances as an editor, ghostwriter, and writing coach. Her greatest passions are her family, her faith, writing, and reading. Bonita Jewel has been reading since she was 2 ½. Thirty years later, she still loves the magic and mystery of the written word. She is slowly breathing life into roughly 50 novels and nearly as many nonfiction works, depending on which plot or character seizes her interest at any given time. Please connect with Bonita at:

Posted on May 2, 2014, in Mother's Day, Special Days, Writing Contest and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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