Momstribute.com gives you the opportunity to write a journal. Anything you type is saved and can be added to at your leisure. Don't know what to write about? How about taking inspiration from the writer of our featured book on this site, "Lois and her Irish-ness" by Tom Henn? It started as a journal about his mom and it ultimately gave him a life-changing insight into the lives of all those who knitted into his family circle. Here is an excerpt:
The school rules stated that students who lived less than three blocks away from campus could go home for lunch, so long as they were back before the gates closed. The Henn’s house was a little over a mile away, but Tom decided to test out his luck, hoping he’d be able to race home, enjoy a nice, hot bowl of Campbell's Tomato Soup with saltine crackers, and still make it back for class. Tom told his mom and while she knew he was breaking the rules, she allowed it so long as Tom could get back and not be tardy. Luckily, it worked. Tom chose his route home and back to school with precision; he would walk the first three blocks home with friends and then run the rest of the way. In Arlington Heights there were, for the most part, no fences between yards. Tom soon mastered his quickest route by cutting the angle through them to minimize time. Tom then knew how much time was needed.
Raising seven children meant getting 'Mom Time' alone rarely happened. Now mother Lois and son Tom had fifteen precious minutes to converse. During those fifteen minutes Tom would ask his mom questions about family, relatives, and life itself and she would give her perspective. In turn Lois would ask Tom about his day.
What does the word ‘disposition’ mean? Tom asked her on one such lunchtime. As a grade school student, he had no idea. Tom was wondering why a particular person seemed more upset with life. This person was not fun to be around, and many times, shunned people. He asked his mom and she told him the meaning.
"Tom, some people are born with a good disposition. You were born with the gift of a good disposition. Some people are not born this way. This person was not born with a good disposition." It was a moment, to this day, that Tom remembers. He learned a new big word and an early perspective on life and people.
Those fifteen minutes of time between son and mother were cherished, always uplifting and completely trusting. Why trusting? you ask. Well, his mom trusted that Tom would get back to school on time. Lois would say "Tom, check the clock and go when you need to get back on time."