Guest Author - Siobhain M Cullen
A book of inspirational short stories always makes a creative and appreciated gift for a mom or grandmom if it's chosen very thoughtfully. Short books make great presents for lots of other more practical reasons too!
For example, books are easy to shop online for, they show respect and admiration for the recipient's mind and good taste, they are fast to order and simple to send. You can now even get gift books wrapped and ready for sending! Plus, of course, truly surprising and inspirational stories like Chicken Soup For The Soul: Mothers and Daughters - make great conversation over coffee and cookies with Mom after you have both read the book!
A book of inspirational short stories makes an even better gift, as real-life testimonials about winning through from heartbreak, trials and despair with love and loyalty seem to be tiemlessly popular - with good reason. Such collections of short stories might even make cheeky gifts for sassy teens who knows how to give their poor moms a rough time!
We have only to look at the most popular women's magazines and newspapers to see which stories get read first, or get read the most - the one about the wife who stood by her man through unbelievably cruel circumstances, the one about the girl who, at sweet sixteen, needlessly lost the mother she needed through a drunk-driver's selfish carelessness. Or the mother who attended the hospital twice the same week - first to attend the death-bed of a dear daughter as she died from cancer, then to support another at the birth of a grandchild. For some reason, even in this slick and sophisticated age, most of us still love a 'story with heart.' Newspapers used to call them 'human interest stories.'
For some people Mother's Day is a time to stop and be thankful for the sweet things in life - an inspirational and supportive mom who has helped a son or daughter through difficult times for example.
For others though, it is a time for grieving and despair, such as a mom who will not receive a gift any more from a daughter as the two have become estranged after falling out over a choice of partner. Maybe a treasured daughter has died through sudden accident, or illness; a bitter comparison to the experience of elation that one mother from the book expressed in one of many inspirational quotes, on the birth of her baby..
'The sheer weight of my love for her would reduce me to tears on a daily basis.'
Daughters, on the other hand, may have had to care for beloved Moms through long and painful illnesses for years only to see them die. Mother's Day is even more poignant for daughters who have lost their mothers.
To some critics, a Mother's Day gift of stories like these may seem soppy and sentimental, but for most of us, the true grit and steadfast love behind inspirational short stories shines through, even after considering the cynical and cold reviews of literary critics.
Other stories in this deep and profoundly moving book touch on painful themes of loving and losing, making unfair sacrifices for love, forgiving and forgetting - and reunions. When a daughter is born to a mother, she sees a child who may one day become what she is herself - a mother, a wife, a sister, a worker - with all the steps before her still to take. In each other they may find support and encouragement for the journey.
It would not be surprising if a gripping book of inspirational short stories like Chicken Soup For The Soul Stories: Mothers And Daughters got passed around the whole family - and neighbors and friends to boot!