We Need More Mom’s like Pam
I would like to introduce you all to a good friend of mine. Her name is Pam. She has no idea that I am writing this post about her and that it leads to a special nomination. Pam and I are ‘In Real Life’ friends. We met about four years ago when our children were in Kindergarten, her youngest and my eldest. I met her at a time when I could barely see straight, you see Apple was born on J’s first official day of school, so his first year is nothing more than a blur to me since Apple was much more work than her brother and somehow still is. She is much more demanding and vocal about everything. Some days I am just plain exhausted from all the talking.
Enter into this blur a special ray of sunshine that is Pam. Pam is mother of two, her daughter has been in J’s class for the last couple of years so we meet most days at the end of the school day and chat. Or maybe I should say I chat, Pam listens and offers amazing words of wisdom. Sometimes just talking to an adult can make all the difference in my day. I spend a lot of time working at home with Apple not far from me for half the day. By the time 3pm rolls around, I am finished work and thankful that the end of the day has come.
With the thought of this post in the back of my mind, I have spent a little extra care watching Pam. Pam is the Mom who gives her all to her children. The minute they exit their classrooms, Pam gives them her attention 100%. Questions about their day at school, time with their friends what they are going to do that evening. No matter what, Pam has loving words and lots of hugs for her children. Pam also a frequent volunteer at the school, spending time in the classroom with her children and supporting the teaching staff. She also brings her children to Scouts and Girl Guides which means that she sometimes participates in weekend excursions camping and whatnot.
With all of this going on Pam still has time to listen to tales of woe from the rest of us (ok, me) and offer sound advice or just talk us down off that ledge. But the truth of the matter is that Pam deserves so much more than my thanks for her words of wisdom, she deserves to be recognized for all she does and more because even though it sounds like she is like the rest of us she is clearly not. You see Pam’s eldest son has autism, so he requires a little extra effort from his parents and teachers and others around him. He is lovely and does very well at school, but there is a little more that his Mom has to give to keep everything running smoothly. And she does it with so much Grace that you forget what she goes through each day. Forget that things aren’t always smooth sailing for her, and yet she smiles and listens and even does extraordinarily amazing things, like bring you fresh strawberries she picked because you are missing strawberry season or go out to hear her friends speak at a local blogging event (see photo above).
If there is anyone who deserves to be recognized as Walmart’s Mom of the Year it would be Pam. So with this post I am nominating Pam to win Walmart’s Mom of the Year award as she is so deserving in everything that she does for her children and those of us that know her.
You too can nominate someone you think should be recognized as Mom of the Year, just go to Walmart’s Mom of the Year site and enter your nomination there.
Disclosure: I’m part of the Walmart program by Mom Central. I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. The opinions on this blog are my own. Mom of the Year Award: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY Internet access and valid email account required. Nominations open May 10, 2012 to July 8, 2012 for legal residents of Canada over the age of majority. Entrants cannot nominate themselves. One (1) grand prize available to be won consisting of $10,000 cash, a $100,000 donation by Wal-mart Canada Corp. to charity/cause and a trip to Toronto (ARV $22,000). Seven (7) runner-up prizes available to be won consisting of $10,000 cash, a $10,000 donation to charity/cause and a trip to Toronto (ARV $22,000). Charity/cause subject to verification and final approval by Wal-mart Canada Corp., at its sole discretion. Odds of winning depend on how the judging panel evaluates each entry according to the criteria. For Official Contest Rules and to nominate an entrant, visit [www.momoftheyear.ca].