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I cry the tears of the bitterly disappointed

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By Angye Morrison

I am bitterly disappointed.

We asked our readers, and the community, to send us photos of their moms, as well as nominations for our Mother of the Year contest.

We got four responses.

Well...five, if you count the person who sent one in late that was about 250 words instead of the 25 words or less we asked for.

But even so, we placed those names in a basket, written on little pieces of folded up paper, and we had our bookkeeper draw a winner. And I attempted to contact the winner right away...last Friday afternoon, in fact.

I have to say, in order to be fair, that we did have a quick turnaround on this thing...we gave our readers about 2 weeks to e-mail us photos and submissions...we thought that might be enough time, since the entries were to be e-mailed in.

We didn’t want to start too early, for fear people would forget. We didn’t want to start too late, for fear people wouldn’t have enough time to respond. With technology being what it is, we were confident we had enough time.

Apparently, we were mistaken.

We didn’t even get any response, save one, for the Mother’s Day slide show. We asked for e-mailed photos of moms to feature as our slide show on gadcotimes.com.

Again, I’m bitterly disappointed.

But have no fear, we are not easily defeated. We intend to do this again next year. So start getting your entries ready, and get those photos gathered.

On a more positive note, I’d just like to take a moment to say a special word of thanks to my mom. I didn’t enter her in the GCT contest for obvious reasons. I’ve been doing the journalism thing for a long time, and I’ve written about her before. But I can’t let Mother’s Day go by without writing a little something.

My mom is my hero. She has been my biggest cheerleader and my best critic. She’s been there for me when others weren’t, and she never judges or pushes me away...even when I call her with the silliest of requests.

One of the greatest joys I’ve had as an adult is becoming an aunt. I have two nephews and a niece. Another of my joys is watching my mom be a grandmother. I guess it’s true what they say...if folks knew how great grandchildren were, they’d have them first!

Being a grandma has brought out the best in my mother. She is more patient, creative and demonstrative in her love for her grandkids than I’ve ever seen her. Not that she wasn’t those things with me and my brothers – it’s just magnified now.

Or maybe it’s because I’m an adult.

Whatever the reason, she’s without a doubt the best mom on the planet. At least in my opinion. And she’s a heckuva grandma, too.

I love you, “Maw.” Happy Mother’s Day!

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