Friday, April 17, 2009

Chicken Soup - Like Mother, Like Daughter (Giveaway)

She Did It Her Way

Mother’s love grows by giving.

~Charles Lamb


“Mom, we’re getting married... sometime in June.” This from my hippie daughter calling on a pay phone in Maine. (No phone or electricity at her house — or perhaps cabin is a better word.)

“We don’t want a fancy wedding or dressy clothes or a lot of guests. We just want to be married in your backyard. I’ll let you know the date.”

Long ago, her father and I made up our minds to listen to her and do things the way she wanted as much as we could. And of course, I was thrilled she was getting married. I was always secretly worried that marriage was too “old-fashioned” for her. She was a child of the ’60s, eager to right the wrongs of the world, to live life on the edge and to never be part of the “establishment.”

Well, backyard weddings can be lovely, I thought. It’s not our beautiful church with a majestic organ, flowing white dress or bridesmaids. But, still... I took an upbeat approach, which was really the only sensible thing to do under the circumstances.

Later with dates arranged, a guest list of sorts (our family and best friends and “a bunch of friends... we’ll let you know how many”) and the food decided on (“only veggie stuff and some champagne”), she agreed I could ask the minister of our church to perform the ceremony “for legal purposes.”

All negotiations were going well until I mentioned the wedding gown. “No special dress, Mom. Sorry. Your first daughter, your good daughter (said with a wry smile, a favorite family joke) did the white dress and veil thing. Not me. I have lots of clothes that would do for a wedding.”

I thought of all her dresses (short, wild, braless) and realized that she mostly wore jeans or cut-offs. Nothing I had seen her wear in years even whispered “wedding” to me.

So in the following days, ignoring my own good advice to let her do it her way, I wandered around different stores and looked at dresses that might do for my bride-to-be daughter. Then I saw it:

simple, unbleached muslin with a shirred waist, scooped neckline with just a bit of Irish lace and little capped sleeves. It was long, but not floor-length. It was graceful, but not formal. It was lovely and simple, and it was my daughter. Envisioning her wearing it, I bought the dress and took it home.

Later that day, I placed the box on her bed with a little note stating:

“I just happened upon this while shopping (okay, a small white lie). This looks like you. Would you try it on for me?”

When she came in that evening, she went to her room and all was quiet. A bit worried I had hurt her feelings with my purchase, I went upstairs to her room where she sat on the bed holding the dress on her lap while tears rained down her cheeks — and she was smiling. “I never knew you thought of me like this, Mom. The dress is so lovely and soft and simple. I love it. And I’ll love wearing it for the wedding. Thanks for knowing me so well.”

Two weeks later, on a sun-filled afternoon, friends gathered in our backyard. Our daughter walked down the steps — to the strum of a guitar — smiling proudly in her surprise dress. She looked wonderful, as I knew she would.

It was a perfect wedding... almost.

Had I known her fiancé would be wearing yellow paisley bellbottoms, I might have shopped for him as well!

~~Julie Firman
Chicken Soup for the Bride’s Soul


This is an excerpt from the book Chicken Soup for the Soul: Like Mother, Like Daughter: Stories about the Special Bond between Mothers and Daughters (Chicken Soup for the Soul; Our 101 Best Stories).

We have a copy of this uplifting book to give away to one of our readers.

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48 comments:

bunnie3788 said...

haven't seen this one yet. Have a ton of them and love them all. So many good stories and they all are great. would love to win.

vmkids said...

This sounds like the ideal mother's day gift.

Shannon said...

I would like this for my mom.

Pamela Kramer said...

I want this for me!
Fix your twitter and facebook links though. They have the wrong url.

Pamela Kramer said...

I'm already following you on twitter.

Pamela Kramer said...

I'm already a subscriber.

Pamela Kramer said...

I just became a fan on facebook!

AmandaK said...

I would love to give this to my mom... In so many ways, my sister and I are just like her (that's a good thing)- no matter how many times we deny it.

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moonshadow43 said...

I would really love to win this for my daughter to read to me. We both have enjoyed Chicken Soup books for years but I bet this will be the best to share.

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Deb K said...

This would be the perfect gift for my Mom as she is alone and we spend many nights together.I love all the books by Chicken Soup too!

Thanks for the chance :)

Anonymous said...

This would be a great gift for my daughter-in-law and her mother. Her mother is also my best friend.







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dessie10 said...

Would love to read this one, with a box of kleenex

Doré said...

I am following you on Twitter as braydensmom0724.

I am a huge fan of the Chicken Soup books and haven't seen this one before... I would love to win a copy of it! Thanks for the giveway!

Doré said...

I am a fan on Facebook (dore fletcher)

angie said...

This looks like a good one. Perfect gift for Mother's Day, too. Thanks!

Doré said...

I am subscribed to your RSS feed as bluemoongemini at gmail dot com

pmorse5 said...

I would really like to read this book.

Jean said...

Chicken Soup is the best. I'm looking forward to reading this book.

GALENA said...

LIKE THIS FOR MY GIRLS

Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - The Chicken Soup series is VERY inspirational, unlike many other anthologies, and this one sounds great!

Joanmurraycefalu said...

My daughters and I love these books. Hope we win! :)

Toby said...

I love all the chicken soup books. Great Prize!

Anonymous said...

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Janice Wright said...

I would love to win this for me to read, then my daughter, then my mom.

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Gabriel J. said...

My daughter would love it!

tawnda said...

sounds good

tawnda said...

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bfox74 said...

My daughter & I both love the chicken soup books...this sounds awesome!

quelleheure4 said...

I have to comment and say how wonderful the Chicken Soup books are. I have 5 of them and this title is a new one to me. How great this is!

Anonymous said...

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yellowlabs said...

I would love to win for my daughter!

Melanie said...

I commented on your post about organizing your kitchen!



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tesashel said...

It sounds lovely, and I'd share it with my daughter after I finished reading it.

tesashel said...

I'm a subscriber.

jayne said...

I would love to enter-this would be a great gift for Mama~!

demmi said...

I posted on the "Valentines Day Picks" con5459(at)gmail(dot)com

Erica Kahn said...

My mother reads all of the Chicken Soups for the soul books. She gave me one when I was a teenager and I fell in love with them. So this book would definately fit. Cause it truly is Like Mother Like Daughter!!

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michele3873 said...

What a great mother's day gift. Thanks for the contest. michele3873@msn.com

K. Cleaver said...

Can you imagine? Yellow paisley bellbottoms! LOL I would enjoy sharing this book with my mom.

grannyvon said...

Sometimes like the mother in the sweet story we have to accept them like they are. When I was younger it was really hard to have a girl who played ball, not dolls and wore tees, jeans and coyboy boots. Chewed tobacco on occasions. Made me think of her like the daughter in the story. She's older now, still dresses that way without the tobacco, but fits right in with the rodeo crowd when my grandson competes. Thanks for the giveaway, I would love to win it for me and for her to keep. She is a good Christian mother and would love the book.

grannyvon said...

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Collin said...

Good mother days gift! Thanks for the chance, ill keep my fingers crossed. (:

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masonsgranny59 said...

sounds wonderful:)

purango said...

I would love to win this great book. garrettsambo@aol.com

lilyk said...

Please enter me into the contest. Thanks!

lilyk said...

I subscribed by email.

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I became your Facebook fan.