NEW CONTEST! WRITE A GREETING CARD FOR MOTHER’S DAY

 

Years ago, while I was teaching a greeting card-writing workshop, I wrote a Mother’s Day card. When I showed it to my mom, she laughed and thought it was great (but you know how moms are, so of course she’d say that.)

____________________Here it is:__________________________

(cover art)  Cartoon person wandering in a jungle, looking lost.

(cover message)  100 people were asked this question.  What if you were stranded on a deserted island, wounded, with no food or shelter, no weapons and no communication devices?

Only one person can help you survive.  Which person will you choose?   a)  a hunter,   b) a doctor,    c) a farmer ,   d) a politician,   e) none of the above

Here was their unanimous answer…

(inside message)

      d) none of the above

                   I want my mommie!

___________________________________________________

Not your card of choice? Well, here’s the good news:  Now it’s your turn.

The third Writing Contest honoring Mary Elizabeth Shepherd begins now.

- No entry fee (never)   – Open to everyone (always)

- First place: $25   Second place: $15   Judges’ Special Award: $10

- Words only: poetry, prose, joke, song lyric (tell tune of song)  Your choice.

Directions:  Write a greeting card message for Mother’s Day for anyone important to you ~ mother, grandmother, wife, aunt, sister, friend, teacher.

Post your entry (only one per person) in a comment box for this blog. Sign with your name or initials, general location (state), and your email or blog address.

Contest deadline is 8:00 pm (Mountain Daylight Time)                                      Mother’s Day, May 13, 2012

                           Winners announced on May 20 and posted on this blog.

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38 responses to “NEW CONTEST! WRITE A GREETING CARD FOR MOTHER’S DAY

  1. Molly

    Ooooooo….ooooooo how exciting………this contest sounds like a TON OF FUN!!!!!

  2. Sam

    (Cover Art) An odd looking cartoon couple holding out a nicely wrapped present.
    (Outside Message) Mom, my wife thanks you for teaching me these three things:
    1. Never hit girls
    2. Always put down the lid
    3. Never forget where you came from…
    (Inside Message) Eeeeeeeeeeeeeww.

    Thanks, Mom Happy Mother’s Day

    From Sam G. sammarie245@yahoo.com (Can my wife enter her own card using our joint email account?)

  3. Margaret

    TWO WOMEN. ONE IS PREGNANT. THE OTHER WEARS A BIG RED HEART.

    YOU TAUGHT ME THE BEST LESSON, MOM: SOME BABIES COME FROM BIG TUMMIES. OTHER BABIES COME FROM BIG HEARTS.

    THANKS FOR ADOPTING ME, MOM.

    by Margaret C. (I used the college library computer . I will just keep watching the blog for the results).

    • Welcome to the card-writing contest, Margaret C. Your Mother’s Day card, thanking your mom for adopting you, has been entered. Feel free to follow along and enjoy all the entries during the next two weeks. I’ll be posting the winners on May 20th.

  4. Hi Marylin,
    What an awesome contest…you are so creative! My mother made all the cards she gave us (and others) and I followed that tradition for my children, especially when they were young. And my daughter, at age 15 or 16 (I think), gave me a somewhat “raunchy” hilarious card that I STILL have…I’ll have to ask her if she wants to submit it…but I doubt it…she is a mom of a three-year old now and a little more staid.
    I will be back over the weekend to post my entry…I love the two that are entered already!

    • I look forward to your entry, Vivian. And encourage your daughter to share the card she made when she was a teen. It’s fun to blush at the things we did and wrote when we were younger, especially when we’re parents and wondering what our children will think!

  5. Who do I turn to when I’m feeling down
    Who do I turn to when I want to share
    Who do I turn to when the day isn’t going well
    Who do I turn to when I want a smile
    Who puts up with my grumpiness and moods
    Who never complains when I get it wrong

    Life is tough for most people, and some have no one they can turn to whether it’s a Mom, a Dad, or a Brother or a Sister, a Granny or a Granddad or even just a Friend……

    Me, I’m lucky, I’ve got

    ISHBEL

    As usual, no chance of winning but if the judges are insane enough to think this has merit. Walk out the door and the first person you see, give it to them and say, ‘that’s from Tom in the UK and have a GREAT DAY’

  6. Hi Marylin,
    Here is my entry…a Mother’s Day card to my sweet daugher, Caroline, who is the mother of a beautiful (of course, he is my grandson!) 3 yr old son. Maybe the words will give comfort to some expectant moms who are questioning their sanity. :)

    We’d given everything away
    Two are enough, your dad did say
    It’s hard to earn enough to pay
    And all kids want to do is play.

    And then the doc confirmed my fear
    Another babe within the year
    And on my face you’d find a tear
    It was a heavy load to bear.

    But God is good and God is wise
    His will our minds cannot surmise
    Within our hearts love boundless lies
    You are this mother’s precious prize.

    And now a mother you’ve become
    One of the best…and I’ve known some
    Sweet lullabies I’ve heard you hum
    Good luck when bedlam beats it’s drum.

    Happy Mother’s Day, Sweet Caroline

    Thank you, Marylin, for this lovely contest!
    vivian@positiveparentalparticipation.com
    http://www.viviankirkfield.wordpress.com

  7. Vivian, your lovely “Sweet Caroline” Mother’s Day card is entered in the contest. Thank you.

  8. Marie

    (COVER ART) AN OLDER LADY AND A YOUNG LADY SITTING AT A BISTRO TABLE DRINKING COFFEE OR TEA. THE OLDER LADY TALKING

    (COVER MESSAGE) WELL IT IS OBVIOUS WE BOTH LOVE ONE MAN. I SUPPOSE I JUST WILL HAVE TO LET YOU HAVE HIM.

    (INSIDE MESSAGE – YOUNGER LADY TALKING) NO, I THINK THAT WE CAN SHARE. MY HUSBAND, YOUR SON, IS ENOUGH OF A MAN FOR BOTH OF US. I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THE WONDERFUL GIFT YOU CREATED FOR ME.

    HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY, MOTHER – IN – LAW

    Marie G. from Missouri, sammarie245@yahoo.com (wife of Sam)

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  10. Sarah

    Cover art A young lady standing alone

    Cover Message – You told me you were pregnant!
    My heart, it skipped a beat!
    Then I started crying from
    The joy within my heart!

    Inside art A young mom, a little boy and a Nana

    Inside message – You are the best mom for my grandson.
    I couldn’t be more proud.
    I am proud to be your mom
    And proud to be his Nana.

    Sarah Emerson, Great Bend, Kansas emersons@bartonccc.edu

    • Welcome, Sarah. Your 3-generations card–”A young mom, a little boy, and a Nana”–has been entered in the Mother’s Day card contest.

      • Sarah Emerson

        Marylin — I don’t envy your task of judging all of the awesome poems posted on your blog. I had to be ‘nudged’ to write my poem, and am very glad that I was! I can’t wait to give my homemade poem to my daughter! Happy Mother’s Day, Marylin.

      • I know, Sarah. Actually, I’m only the tie-breaker judge, and I’m glad. These are great Mother’s Day entries. I’ll print out copies and take them back to my mother since this contest–and all writing contests on this blog–are in honor of her writing, illustrating and mothering life.
        Happy Mother’s Day to you, too.

  11. Grady

    Cover Art (A little boy holding one ragedy little flower)

    Cover Message (I got you the flowers)

    Inside Message (Looks like I wasn’t an unfortunate accident afterall.)

    Grady Bolding, Great Bend, Kansas boldingg@bartonccc.edu

  12. Jesse

    COVER PICTURE – A CAR ON THE CORNER OF A STREET IN A BIG CITY

    COVER MESSAGE – I FOUND YOU ON A CORNER,
    YOU GOT IN MY CAR
    AT HOME YOU SLEPT WITH ME
    AND NOW HERE WE ARE….

    INSIDE PICTURE – A LITTER OF PUPPIES AND A MOTHER DOG

    INSIDE MESSAGE – A HOUSE FULL OF CHILDREN

    HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!

    JESSE NICHOLAS, HERINGTON, KANSAS nicholasj@bartonccc.edu

  13. Trevor

    Cover Art: A cartoon character or a teen-age boy looking slightly confused.

    Cover Message:
    You were there for me when I was sick.
    You were there for me when I was well.
    You stood by me when I was a prick.
    You stood by me when I fell….

    Inside Message:
    WAIT A MINUTE…..Why didn’t you help me up?

    Happy Mother’s Day, anyway!

    Trevor Mosher, Chapman, Kansas trevor_mosher@att.net

  14. Hi, Diane. “Priceless Mom” is now entered in the contest. Welcome!

  15. Cinamyn

    Love the contest, thanks for inviting me! Heres my entry – Cinamyn@yahoo.com – Colorado Springs, CO

    {FRONT COVER} – 4 sections
    I may not be the prettiest [picture of 3 girls standing as if winning a beauty contest - our girl (fourth) girl behind waving from behind]

    or the best to drive a car. [picture of our girl in a car crashed into a mailbox]

    I may not be the fastest,[our girl standing with her hand sheilding the sun from her eyes and several runners in the distance]

    Or the smartest one by far.[our girl holding up a paper marked with a B]

    {INSIDE}
    Being in the middle is the hardest place to be.[or girl standing in the middle of a crowd]

    But you always made me feel special by saying, “You’re one in a million to me!” [our girl and mother hugging in the middle of the crowd, higlighted]

    I couldn’t have asked for a better Mom. You’re one in a Million!
    Happy Mother’s day!

  16. artemis0again

    cooking lessons with my mother

    this is all I remember to making
    cookies. there’s something about eggs
    and flour: always crack the eggs in a separate
    bowl so if you mess up, you have a place to pick up at,
    where you left off, a bookmark. and oil the pan
    thoroughly. add extra chocolate chips for good measure. whip
    it vigorously, this is the secret to making them soft
    and moist in your mouth. always make more than you think
    you need. you never know how much people will eat.

    double, triple the vanilla.

    it’s good to leave out the serving dishes in groups. make due
    with what you’ve got, always be flexible, learn to make a plan
    b. keep a bottle of hydrogen peroxide on top of the refrigerator,
    and an extra cake in the freezer in case company stops by. always
    be ready, you never know who might drop by, and what
    would be worse than to have a guest and be unable to feed him?

    before you cut anything, wash it. before you open
    a can of soup, clean the lid. before you act, wash
    your hands. before you worship, breathe and know
    that He is God. in all things, prepare yourself.

    clean up as you go. don’t let the mess
    accumulate. try to recover twenty years
    of gathering waste. I’m still reading
    through 80’s women’s magazines in the victrola.

    —but I’m not going to spend too much time
    on this. you can figure out how to clean
    a toilet, but a heart—this is a different matter.
    there’s books to read, such valuable time—
    when it all begins to grey, everything gets harder.

    memorize proverbs 31. and when
    you’re done with that, psalm 103, then psalm
    19, then the book of 1 john. pack these words
    in your breast and carry them always.

    do not give to the extend of your health, but
    still, give. always, give.

    -Meg
    USA
    pirate_pegleg@verizon.net

  17. What a cool contest! I’m sorry I missed the opportunity to get in on it :)

  18. Alisha Collins

    Mother, you were always there for me
    you held me, comforted me, and always made me feel special to you
    There was never a time I could not count on your love and acceptance
    I know that I have been blessed to have a mother like you
    I only hope that I have shown you just how much you mean to me and how very special you are
    Happy Mother’s Day Mom

    Alisha Collins
    Tennessee
    mzjonz77@yahoo.com

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