What children say - about mom
We saved for Mother's Day, celebrated on May 13 in the United States, these last certificate recipients from The Home Forum's ''what children say'' competition.Skip to next paragraph
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After we moved, our five-year-old son came into our almost empty house and smelled the newly baked bread. ''Where Mama is it's home.'' - Mrs. Vere Richards, Lacey, Wash.
Jonathan, 3, turned to his mother after repeated attempts to tie his own shoes. ''Help me, Obi-Wan-Kenobi, you're my only hope!'' - Laurel Terry, Carson City, Nev.
Amy, 2, was asked what time it was. ''The little hand is down at the bottom with its mama.'' - Mrs. Hallam E. Mendenhall, Ocean City, N.J.
Justin, 3, climbed on his mother's lap and started hugging her as she was busy reading a copy of this newspaper. ''Can I bother you, Mom, just a little, not too much?'' - Veronica C. Meneses-Swift, Wellesley, Mass.
As the four of us stood near the Washington Monument, the youngest, Seth, 5, said, ''Mom, do you feel smaller than usual?'' - Randolph Dingwell, Sykesville, Md.
Elizabeth, 3, was asked how things went when a family acquaintance babysat. ''She talked just like a mother. She said, 'Settle down and be quiet.' '' - Mrs. W. E. Allan, Howey, Fla.
''When does counting end?'' asked the four-year-old. ''I guess never.'' ''Mommy, I do love you to the end of the counting!'' - Norma Jones, Aurora, Colo.
Davey, 3, had a question. ''But, Mama, what do you call a daddy ladybug?'' - Marion Gore, Bainbridge Island, Wash.
Giuliana, 4, lasted through the night in one place. ''Mummy, last night I woke up and wanted to go to your bed, but I just ignored myself and stayed.'' - Marilyn Cerutti, Gates Mills, Ohio
Said six-year-old Philip: ''Mama, I have an extra lot of love, if you ever need any.'' - Mary Potter, Hayward, Calif.
After several refusals, the four-year-old saw his mother checking the chocolate chip cookie recipe once more and heaved a sigh. ''Does it say it's time for your little boy to have a taste now?'' - Sarah C. Nelson, Santa Rosa, Calif.
''We'd like to see more of you,'' my departing friends called. With a puzzled look, my three-year-old son asked, ''Mommy, is there more of you?'' - Free Cammann, Fayetteville, Ariz.
John was in tears after being reproved. ''I love you all day, Mommie!'' - Elizabeth Monroe Griffin, Bethesda, Md.
David, 4, had a new feat to show after being told mothers have eyes in the backs of their heads. ''Watch what I can do, Mom. Watch me with your main eyes.'' - Mrs. E. L. Liddle, Southfield, Mich.
Grant, 5, after asking the names of several gaudily advertised movies, grabbed his mother's belt to keep her from going somewhere. ''Hold back the dawn!'' - Mabel F. Greapentrog, Deerfield Beach, Fla.
Four-year-old to two-year-old: ''I love to see footprints in the snow, because then I know that little children have been having fun with their Mummie and Daddie.'' - Helen D. Haskins, Bath, Maine
Peter, dirty from playing, was asked to wash and change his shirt before dinner. ''Mom, should I wash for short or long sleeves?'' - Barbara T. Hodge, Sun City Center, Fla.
Dennis, 7, watched a roast being taken from the oven. ''Mama, I don't want any meat for supper; I'm not in the mood for a burnt offering.'' - Dennis H. and Stephanie Palmer, St. Louis
Mother apologized for getting so busy she forgot to bring a towel to her four-year-old daughter in the bath. ''That's OK, Mamma, I drained dried.'' - Mrs. Dana Austin, Parsons, Kan.
JoAnne, 5, said: ''Mom, where'd you get Dad? Did you just look around and say, 'I'll take him?' '' - Gay Dyck, Omaha, Neb.
Five-year-old Shelley said: ''Mom, even if there wasn't the word 'love,' I'd love you.'' - Marilee Robertson, Reno, Nev.