Chicken Soup for Every Mom's Soul: Stories of Love and Inspiration for Moms of all Ages

Chicken Soup for Every Mom's Soul: Stories of Love and Inspiration for Moms of all Ages


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Although motherhood is a timeless calling, today's moms have unique challenges and rewards. In this book you'll learn from other mothers and seasoned grandmothers who share the universal worries, the tears and the laughs that come with the job, as well as the wisdom to help you be the very best mom you can be.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623610258
Publisher: Backlist, LLC - a unit of Chicken Soup of the Soul Publishing LLC
Publication date: 10/02/2012
Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
Edition description: Original
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Jack Canfield is co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series, which includes forty New York Times bestsellers, and coauthor of The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. He is a leader in the field of personal transformation and peak performance and is currently CEO of the Canfield Training Group and Founder and Chairman of the Board of The Foundation for Self-Esteem. An internationally renowned corporate trainer and keynote speaker, he lives in Santa Barbara, California.

Mark Victor Hansen is a co-founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul.


Santa Barbara, California

Date of Birth:

August 19, 1944

Place of Birth:

Fort Worth, Texas


B.A. in History, Harvard University, 1966; M.A.T. Program, University of Chicago, 1968; M.Ed., U. of Massachusetts, 1973

Read an Excerpt

Saying I Love You

Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.

Mother Teresa

When I was a new mommy, I invented a quiet little signal,
two quick hand squeezes, that grew into our family’s secret “I love you.”

Long before she could debate the merits of pierced ears or the need to shave her legs, my daughter, Carolyn,
would toddle next to me clasping my finger for that muchneeded support to keep her from falling down.

Whether we were casually walking in the park or scurrying on our way to playgroup, if Carolyn’s tiny hand was in mine, I would tenderly squeeze it twice and whisper, “I love you.” Children love secrets, and little Carolyn was no exception. So, this double hand squeeze became our special secret. I didn’t do it all the time—just every so often when I wanted to send a quiet message of “I love you” to her from me.

The years flew by, and Carolyn started school. She was

a big girl now, so there was no need for little secret signals anymore . . . or so I thought.
It was the morning of her kindergarten class show. Her class was to perform their skit before the entire Lower School, which would be a daunting experience. The big kids—all the way to sixth grade—would be sitting in the audience. Carolyn was nervous, as were all her little classmates.

As proud family and friends filed into the auditorium to take their seats behind the students, I saw Carolyn sitting nervously with her classmates. I wanted to reassure her,
but I knew that anything I said would run the risk of making her feel uncomfortable.

Then I remembered our secret signal. I left my seat and walked over to her. Carolyn’s big brown eyes watched each of my steps as I inched closer. I said not a word, but leaned over and took her hand and squeezed it twice. Her eyes met mine, and I immediately knew that she recognized the message. She instantly returned the gesture giving my hand two quick squeezes in reply. We smiled at each other, and I took my seat and watched my confident little girl, and her class, perform beautifully.

Carolyn grew up and our family welcomed two younger brothers, Bryan and Christian. Through the years, I got more experienced at the mothering game, but I never abandoned the secret “I love you” hand squeeze.

Whether the boys were running on the soccer field for a big game or jumping out of the car on the day of a final exam, I always had the secret hand squeeze to send them my message of love and support. I learned that when over-sentimental words from parents are guaranteed to make kids feel ill at ease, this quiet signal was always appreciated and welcomed.

Three years ago, my daughter married a wonderful guy.
Before the ceremony, while we were standing at the back ON LOVE 3
of the church waiting to march down the aisle, I could hardly look at my little girl, now all grown up and wearing her grandmother’s wedding veil, for fear of crying.
There was so much I wanted to say to her. I wanted to tell her how proud of her I was. I wanted to tell her that I treasured being her mom, and I looked forward to all the future had in store for her. However, most important, I wanted to tell her that I loved her. But I was positive that if I said even one word, Carolyn and I would both dissolve into tears.

Then I remembered it—our secret signal. I left my place and walked back to Carolyn. As the organist began to play, Ode to Joy, I took Carolyn’s hand and quickly squeezed it twice. Our eyes met, and she returned the signal.
There were no tears, there were no words exchanged,
just a secret “I love you” that I created one sunny afternoon,
when I was a new mother.
I am no longer a new mother . . . but a new grandmother.

Today, I was strolling with my little grandson,
Jake. His tiny hand was holding on to my finger, and I couldn’t help remembering his mother’s hand in mine over thirty years ago. As we walked, I gave his hand two quick squeezes and whispered, “I love you.” He looked up and smiled.

Linda Carol Cherken

©2005. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for Every Mom's Soul by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Heather McNamara and Marci Shimoff. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 On Love

Saying I Love You LindaCarol Cherken 2

Behind Blue Eyes Jenny Graham 5

Words to Love By Mother Teresa 13

Princess Kristy Ross 14

An Impromptu Dance at Dusk Marian Gormley 17

Billy the Brave J. T. Fenn 20

Cellular Love Amy Hirshberg Lederman 23

Mini Massage Therapists Marian Gormley 27

The Gravy Boat Rescue W. W. Meade 31

Mom's Favorite Child Sue Thomas Hegyvary 36

Letter to Josh Linda Masters 40

Always Believe in Miracles Genie Edwards 43

Love on Trial James N. McCutcheon 46

2 A Mother's Courage

My Mother's Strength Patricia Jones 50

Learning to Say Hello Kathi Rose 55

Pennies from Heaven Susan Clarkson Moorhead 59

Shoulder to Shoulder Carol McAdoo Rehme 63

Bound by Love Victoria Patterson 67

A Misfortune-Not a Tragedy James A. Nelson 71

My Son, the Street Person Eva Nagel 75

3 On Motherhood

Motherhood: A Transformation Peggy Jaeger 83

Sibling Rivalry Deeptee Vikrum Seth 85

Loving Her Best Deborah Shouse 86

Motherhood 101 Karen L. Waldman Alyson Powers 90

What I Want Most for You, My Child Saritha Prabhu 94

And What Do You Do? Jennifer Singer 97

The Littlest Girl Scout Erica Orloff 100

Lost and Found Alice Steinbach 104

A Long Day at the Track Mary Kay Blakely 107

The Kiddie Garden Jacklyn Lee Lindstrom 110

Anniversary Celebration Renee Mayhew 113

Near Misses and Good-Night Kisses Sally Nalbor 117

4 Becoming a Mother

Replicas Melissa Arnold Hill 123

Pink and Blue Makes… Green? Debbie Farmer 126

Outpouring of Love Jean Brody 129

Calling Mr. Clean Karen C. Driscoll 132

I Am a Mother Joan Sedita 134

I'll Do It Barbara Wojciechowski Heather Black 138

You'll Never Be the Same Kim McLarin 143

5 Insights and Lessons

Mother's Lessons Can Last a Lifetime Vicki Marsh Kabat 148

Entertaining Angels Jaye Lewis 150

Trying Times and Dirty Dishes Cynthia Hamond 153

On-the-job Training Karen Trevor 158

Mother's Magic Mimi Greenwood Knight 161

Gotta Watch the Fish Eat Cheryl Kirking 164

Dancing for Fireflies Sarah Benson 166

Nobody's Perfect Mary Kay Blakely 170

A Mother's Letter to Santa Debbie Farmer 173

Momma's Little Surprise Susan Kruishenick 176

Look at Me Jaie Ouens 179

Mother Love Carol McAdoo Rehme 182

The Last Rebellion-Weddings Ruth Lehrer 183

Recipe for Life Arthur Bowler 188

6 Special Moments

Snow at Twilight Maggie Wolff Peterson 192

Picture Day Carolyn C. Armistead 196

Sharing a Bowl of Happiness Kristy Ross 199

The Good-Night Kiss Georgette Symonds 202

Anticipating the Empty Nest Bonnie Feuer 205

Teddy Bear Tonic Bonnie Walsh Davidson 507

The Day Mama Went on Strike Nancy West 211

The Peach-Colored Crayon Phyllis Nutkis 218

7 Mothers and Daughters

The Bike Trip Peggy Newland 224

The Piano Phyllis Nutkis 230

Don't Cry Out Loud Carlo Riehl 234

First Love Sophia Valles Bligh 238

It's a Date! Carol McAdoo Rehme 241

My Daughter, the Musician Linda Ellerbee 243

She Came Back Bearing Gifts Luann Warner 246

The Pink High-Tops Dorothy Raymond Gilchrest 250

8 Letting Go

To See You Cynthia M. Hamond 256

Mama's Hands Beth Crum Sherrow 258

The Fragrance of Chanel Charlotte A. Lanham 261

Signs of the Times Bonnie Michael 264

Light in the Dark Betsey Neary 267

Tomorrow Is Not Promised Rita Billbe 269

9 A Grandmother's Love

A Dance with My Grandmother Rusty Fischer 275

Mended Hearts and Angel Wings Anne S. Cook 278

Sacred Cows Ina Hughs 282

Gran Mary Ann Horenstein 285

Little Bits of Letting Go Lynda Van Wyk 287

Porch-Swing Cocktails Rusty Fischer 290

10 Ties that Bind

Another Mother Jann Mitchell 296

Recapturing the Joy Lee Sonne Buchanan 301

In the Eyes of the Beholders Deborah Shouse 305

Sunday Afternoons Phyllis Nutkis 310

Baked with Loving Hands Phyllis Ring 316

The Intent of the Heart Walker Meade 319

Mother's Silver Candlesticks Liesel Shineberg 323

Baby Steps Jane Glenn Haas 326

The Mother's Day Gift Joan Sutula 329

Who Is Jack Canfield? 333

Who Is Mark Victor Hansen? 334

Who Is Heather McNamara? 335

Who Is Marci Shimoff? 336

Contributors 337

Permissions 346

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