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Jamie's winning essay CENTRAL--Union MIlls * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg


Mothers have to put up with a lot of things. First they have you, which is a big thing in itself. Then you go through the diaper and baby phase.

Then they go through times when they come home from a long trip and the first thing their toddler says is, "What did you get me?" And she will usually pull out a little package for him or her.

Then there is the part of your life that kids are just beginning to discover themselves where they ask lots of questions and start to try things their own way instead of their mother's way.

Then it's the stage where kids want nothing to do with their mothers and where their hormones are working up and they are kind of weird. Mothers put up with all of these things.

My mother has done this twice for me and for my brother. My

father is in the military, so we move a lot. She has to leave her friends a lot and learn a little of foreign languages. She has to help unpack, sometimes without my dad.

She has to watch us a lot because my dad is away on business trips a lot, too. My father will retire in a while and we hope that we can settle down.

In a few years my mother will say good-bye as we go off to college or get married.

My mom should be mom of the year because of all these things.

Jamie Smulian, 12, is a sixth-grader at Westminster West Middle School.

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