Magazine article Working Mother

My Favorite Gift

Magazine article Working Mother

My Favorite Gift

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My husband gave me a ring with three diamonds, representing the past, present and future. When I opened the box, there was, along with the ring, an ad about it that I'd shown him ten years earlier. I had said, "If we ever have any money, I'd love to have a ring like this." He remembered.

-Laurie Kelley, marketing and communications director, University of Portland, Portland, OR

It was a scrapbook of my life that my daughter-in-law made for me. Along with pages about my sons and me, she included a poem she wrote about raising a family, being strong and making it through. I knew then she was the right one for my son.

-Melissa Eckelbarger, writer, Tucson, AZ

Our baby's day-care teacher gave us a night of babysitting so my husband and I could have time to relax. It wasn't just the gift-it was the idea that after five days a week, she still wanted to hang out with my son.

-Karen Dawson, owner, Dawson Communications Group, Mapel Valley, WA

I was diagnosed with breast cancer at 35, when I had two young children, and underwent a mastectomy and 12 chemotherapy treatments. That year, my friend Nancy gave me a silver survivor bracelet from Gifts for a Cure. Words can't describe how much that gift meant to me-and still does.

-Mindy Troge, teaching assistant, Matthew Paterson Elementary, Stormville, NY

My most memorable gift was my daughter, who was born December 22. I was convinced I was having another boy. At three in the morning the day after she was born, I took her in my arms and we listened to jazz on the radio while looking out at a light snowfall.

-Eileen Hillock, executive director, Morgan Stanley, Glen Rock, NJ

A donation in my name was made to Operation Smile, which helps repair children's cleft lips and palates, by a parent at my child's school. It touched me to know that someday a child would smile.

-Debbie Fecher, administrative assistant, Gates Elementary, Acton, MA

When I was a stay-at-home mom years ago, I received an unexpected package. We didn't have too many extras, and I was very lonely. I opened the box to find the prettiest winter coat I'd ever seen. It was from my mom, who said she'd been thinking of me. I sat and cried. I wore that coat until it was worn out.

-Katy O'Grady-Pyne, editorial services manager, OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL

A woman once sent me a letter saying I was the turning point in her son's education. …

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