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Jane Merydith (left), of Northbrook, is a winner for an essay written by her daughter, Stephanie Moretta. Photo Submitted.
Ella and Avery Marmor sent in a loving essay for their mother, Barrie Marmor.
Northbrook resident Carol Thors submitted a heartfelt essay honoring her mother.
Eric DeGrechie, Managing Editor
4:13 am CDT May 9, 2019

The modern holiday of Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908. Every year since, sons and daughters have found countless ways to honor their mothers whether through a phone call, sending a card in the mail or taking them out for Sunday brunch. 

Here at 22nd Century Media, we give readers an opportunity to let mom know how much they mean to them with our annual Mother’s Day Essay Contest. We always receive some great entries and this time around was no different.

The winners, as chosen by our editorial team, were selected from the coverage area of our seven North Shore publications: The Wilmette Beacon (Wilmette and Kenilworth), The Winnetka Current (Winnetka and Northfield), The Glencoe Anchor (Glencoe), The Northbrook Tower (Northbrook), The Glenview Lantern (Glenview), The Highland Park Landmark (Highland Park and Highwood) and The Lake Forest Leader (Lake Forest and Lake Bluff). 

We would like to thank contest sponsors Morning Glory Flower Shop (locations at 1135 Central Ave., Wilmette and 1822 Glenview Road, Glenview) and Lake Forest Flowers (546 N Western Ave., Lake Forest) for generously donating prizes to our winners. 

Without further ado, here are this year’s winners and an excerpt from each of their essays:

Jane Merydith, of Northbrook, for an essay written by daughter, Stephanie Moretta. Her essay, in full, can be found below. 

“Want to study in Spain and Ecuador as an undergraduate?  How about bring four international exchange students to Thanksgiving dinner?  Road trip with the kids to Tennessee?  My mom is always game.  She is one of the most unique and independent women you’ll ever meet.

When I reflect on my childhood, I recall laughter and many hugs.  I also remember being embarrassed by her choices in attire.  Unmatched socks.  Goofy clogs.  Worn out t-shirts.  Growing up, I was too self-absorbed to recognize that her post-work appearance reflected the complicated state of her life at the time.   Prior to the divorce, she was a stay-at-home mother.  Leaving an unhealthy situation, she courageously sought a new life for us.  Penniless and broken, she swallowed her pride and crossed the country in a rusty Volkswagen van with two children under five.  Somehow, she managed to shield us from the hardships.  The three of us fell into the loving arms of my grandparents.  

Still single and constantly working, my mom was eventually able to move us into our own home.  She was determined to find the best schools for us.  If we were home sick from school, we were to stay in bed and read the dictionary.  No TV.  She instilled in us the importance of perseverance and education.  

She eventually found the love of her life but lost him within ten years to esophageal cancer.  She endured this as she does everything, with beauty and grace.  No dwelling on what she lost, only celebrating what she had.  

Retired now, she recognizes the importance of each day.  Of course, she’ll join you for a bridge game or cook dinner for your family if you’re feeling overwhelmed. You’ll even find her selling raffle tickets at Northbrook Days. Her strength and positivity continue to amaze me.”

Rachel Mohn, of Wilmette, for an essay written by her daughter, Amara

“No, she has not won the Nobel Prize, and she was not the first woman on the moon, but she is my mother, and that is all I could ask for. When I think of my mother, I think of a few words, compassion, dedication, and unconditional love.

When I struggled with my personal health, she was there for me, even when she herself was not at one-hundred percent. No matter what she is going through, she is always there for anyone. She constantly tells us she loves us, even when sometimes, we may not believe it. She is passionate, diligent, heartfelt, determined and very funny.”

Mary LoGiudice, of Lake Forest, for an essay written by her daughter, JoAnn Desmond

“In spite of the travails of her early life, my mother was a survivor and a very smart and resourceful woman.  Although she wasn’t afforded the opportunity to get a formal education beyond high school, she made it a high priority for her children.  She was the motivator for my father to be a successful businessman and his ever-present caregiver until his death from Alzheimer’s at age 95.”

More Tower favorites

The Tower received many great entries for its Mother’s Day Contest. For excerpts from Mother’s Day Essays, please see below.   

Sophie Cohn, 15, writes: “My Mom is the most amazing women you will ever meet. Instead of explaining how much I love my Mom, I am going to explain what she has taught me. My Mom has always been someone I could talk to without her judging me. She gives the best advice and makes me feel good about a situation where I was feeling uneasy.”

Northbrook resident Carol Thors submitted a heartfelt essay honoring her mother. 

“I miss my mother everyday of my life. Mother’s Day is coming around again, and again I will be sad. My mom was so much fun, and we were like girlfriends doing fun things. Mom was beautiful, charming and very sharp,” she writes.  

Ella and Avery Marmor sent in a loving essay for their mother, Barrie Marmor. 

“She is nice, kind, and loving. She helps us with my homework, she does our hair, and she kisses our cuts. She inspires us to be the best people.  She has helped us through my hard times and overall she is the best mom EVER. We will love her for always.”