One says he learned patience, the other says she learned to remember to feed her tadpole. All thanks to Mom.
These are the winners among 73 Mid-Columbia students who wrote essays in 200 words or less on: "The most important thing I've learned from my mother."
The contest sponsored by Envy Home Furnishings of Kennewick gave prizes to the top winners in two grade levels, and there also were nine honorable mentions.
Here are the winners:
Winner, kindergarten through 6th grade
Conner Anderson, 7, 1st grade homeschooler
Thanks for reminding me to feed my tadpole. Roses are red, violets are blue, and I love you. Thanks for always giving me a blanket win [sic] I fall asleep. Conner loves mom. Thanks for turning on the movie. I love you very much, I hope everyone does too. Thanks for letting me have a caterpillar. Thanks for driving me to fun stuff like birthday party's [sic] definitely love you more than you love me. Happy Mother's day. I love you because you love me. Thank you for teaching me at home school.
Winner, 7th through 12th grade
Heather T. Sheldon, 17, senior at River's Edge High School
Mothers are not robots, contrary to popular belief. They have feelings, experiences and want nothing more than to see their baby happy. Some kids, however, do not care for the intelligence their mothers have to offer. On the other hand, there's myself, and I crave to learn even more from my mom.
Jean Sheldon, my Ma, has taught me almost everything I know. Undeniably, though, the most important thing I am learning from Ma is patience. People may think you are born with certain levels of patience, but I've had to learn it, and although I haven't mastered it, she continues to show me how hot-tempered people are rarely content. For example, Ma and I were driving and some jerk cut her off then sped up to 80 miles per hour. As I was screeching profanities like a sailor, Ma just smirked. The speed-racer was unaware of his fellow drivers and was promptly pulled over by an unmarked police car. Patience obviously prevailed, and as we drove by the disgruntled driver, Ma smiled and waved.
A life full of patience, kindness, respect and overall humanity may not be everyone's cup of tea, but steadfast practitioners have fulfilling lives. I'm working on accomplishing a life similar to such, and it is always a relief to know I have the most intelligent, loving mother to guide me through the rough times.
Honorable Mention Essays:
Ashley Armstrong, 2nd grade, age 8, Columbia Burbank school
The most important thing I learned from my Mom was learning how to sew. First you get your sewing machine out. Then you get your thread. Next you read until you find the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 then you hook them in. Next you find something to sew. Then you pin it together. You want to have a space between the pins. Leave the material inside out. Then sew! After you're done, then you flip it inside out. Next get a pencil and poke the sides. Then sew the gap. Now you're finished!!!!! I love to sew and it's all thanks to my mom.
Bailie M. Brisbois, 3rd grade, age 9, Southgate Elementary
The most important thing I have learned from my mom is to share equally. One reason it is important is because, well, lets just say last summer my friend had two Twix bars. She, two other girls, and I were at the zoo. We decided that we would have the Twix bars. But my friend said her and I should have the Twix bar because there were two Twix bars. I said we should split them each Twix into twos, so we would have four Twix bars. She said, "Okay, that sounds good."
Sharing equally is especially important to me and my family because my brother, Tucker, and I learned how to share things very quickly because we share a lot of things. We share toys and candy (we split it in two halves.) My mom taught me, and is still teaching me a lot of things. I chose sharing equally, because, me personally, I think it's important.
Gabrielle Turner, 4th grade, 10 years old, William Wiley Elementary
"Mom" - someone you can't replace. "Mommy" - someone you care for deeply. "Mother" - someone who holds you when you get scared. "Mama" - is someone who tucks you in and takes you fun places. My mom is all these things together - mom, mommy, mother and mama. My mom has taught me everything from sports to sorting clothes. One of the most important things I have learned from my mom is to follow my dreams. My mom encourages me to be what I want to be and helps me along the way. I love sports and want to be a marine biologist and publish something I've done. When I first started to play softball I couldn't hit the ball. My mom practiced with me and the next game I hit the ball over the infield. Thanks to my mom's support I was also published this year. I am going to take my mom's advice, try my best and keep on swinging. No matter what, I know that my mom loves me. Next time I see my mom I will tell her I love her forever and always because she has given me a valuable gift that no one else could have given me - life.
Sonali Matta, 5th Grade, age 11, Lewis and Clark Elementary
The most important thing I have learned from my mother is to be kind, even if you don't want to. If you go to someone else's house for dinner and they serve green beans, if you're like me you hate them, but my mom taught me to be thankful, take a little tiny, minuscule bit of beans and say thank you. At school there are some people who my friends and I don't really like and they don't like us. But if they need help we can and should help them even if they don't do anything for us. That's being kind. Do we really care if they do something for us? No. What counts is that we did it without being told and now we should feel good inside because we helped them even if we didn't like them. Sometimes it's hard to choose the right thing, but if you are a kind person, you'll say, "Of course I'll help you!." Do you want to be remembered as a nice, polite person? That's how people will know you all because you listened to your mom. Hmmmmm.....maybe you'll give it a try!
Viyana Singsanavong, 6th grade, age 12, Carmichael Middle School
My mom, is my hero. My first teacher. My heart. My protector. My mom taught me many things that I wish I could replay in my head over and over again at hard moments. She didn't just have one important lesson to tell, she had many to make sure we heard. My mom taught me to love. She told me that your family is the most important thing to hold close to your heart. Growing up I wasn't rich and I didn't have many things, but my mom told me that life is the only thing that mattered. This amazing woman with an outstanding mind, who I thought was perfect wasn't perfect because she was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and she held strong reminding me to keep on trying and to never give up. A single mother taking care of two kids, she taught me to raise my children well when I grow up. This spectacular woman raised me to be what I am now. Protected me and taught me life lessons, to make sure I grew up intelligent. She's my hero. My soul. This woman is my mother who I truly love for giving me life and tried her hardest to teach me things to help me move forward in the world. I didn't learn one thing from my mother. I learned many to get through life.
Kaitlin Anderson, 7th grade, 13 years old, homeschooled
My mother is the biggest role model in my life, as a girl teenager life is changing, but I know I can turn to my mother. She has taught me many things, such as cooking, cleaning, sewing and many other things. The most important thing she has taught me is to be a virtuous young woman. Virtue contains many responsibilities such as being nice, doing service, and being modest inside and out.
First, being nice and serving others. My mom almost never says "no" when someone needs help. My mother helped clean windows for a disabled woman, I think my mother is truly nice and serving.
Second, being modest inside and out, my mother has taught me the importance of being modest. My mother keeps her standards high. She leads by example of being modest. My mom knows modest is hottest and has taught me never to drop my standards for some boy.
Finally, my mom has taught me how to be a virtuous young woman and how to become a virtuous mother one day. I love my mom very much and am thankful for her. My mom is my hero!
Stephanie Butcher 8th grade, 13 years old, Enterprise Middle School
My mother taught me about sewing, cooking, first aid, and pushes me to do my best. Those all play a role in the most important thing I've learned from her, using my skills to help others.
When I was little, my mom showed me how to hem the pants that were too long and fix things. Also, she taught me how to cook delicious food. She guides me by telling me what ingredient goes best with what. Since I'm good at cooking I can change recipes to be the way I like them.
All these skills I've learned from her I can use to help people. Sometimes I'm in a situation where someone gets hurt. If I didn't know about first aid I would be frightened but I can calmly help the person with what my mom has taught me. Cooking comes in handy when there are special occasions that I should bring food to. I can prepare some dessert or main course and bring it for everyone to enjoy. Sometimes when I don't know what to do for a gift I can sew something which makes the person happy. My mother helped me acquire useful skills that I can help people with.
Audrey Burton, 9th grade, 14 years old, Chiawana High School
The most important thing that I learned from my mother is that family always comes first. When I was eight years, my parents divorced. My dad left, leaving my mother alone with the four kids. My mother didn't mope around, but went to college to finish her degree so she could support the family. My mom never gave up. We would have family prayer and scriptures every day and night. We would have family night every Monday, where we would teach gospel principles and we'd have a great time. We went to church every Sunday. We still continue those traditions today. Mom always has dinner on the table, which we eat together as a family every night. After getting married again four years ago, we made a big move and now live out in the country on the farm. Our family has learned a whole new work ethic. Most of all, my mom has taught me to love our family no matter what, and I know that's what I will always do. I hope to be half the mom she is to me for my daughter. She is my hero.
Jamie Lyons, 12th grade, 18 years old, Southridge High School
My mother is the greatest gift of all.
My mom has taught me many important things, but the most important thing I have learned from her is never take anything for granted. I didn't know exactly what this meant until now.
Last summer our family was given unfortunate news. My mom was experiencing dizziness so she went to the doctor. We were all expecting to hear the doctor say it was a sinus infection, but this was not the case. My mom had a brain tumor. We were all shocked and scared for what the future held, but my mom stood strong and never showed doubt that everything would be OK. Weeks later, my mom underwent surgery and everything was in God's hands. We were blessed to hear that surgery went well and my mom should have a full recovery.
At first my mom couldn't move her limbs or talk. I was worried she would never go back to normal. It has been almost a year since the surgery and my mom has fully recovered.
I now know the full meaning of "never take anything for granted" and I am very blessed and grateful that my mother has taught me this throughout my life.