Roy and Jo Anne Bray, of Little Egg Harbor Township, talk about the challenges of rebuilding their home after Hurricane Sandy.
If I were to name the World’s Best Mom, I would name my special mom, Dorcas Olanrewaju. Her favorite color is pink. I love my mom because she listens to me and she buys clothes, shoes, and other stuff for me. My mom is pretty and cool. She is kind and patient. She cooks good food for us, washes and iron my clothes.
When it comes to moms, everyone expects the old-fashioned mom who's waiting for you to get home from school with a fresh pie in the window. My mother, Cathleen Kennedy of Egg Harbor Township, is the exact opposite - and I wouldn't change her for the world. My mom has always been more to me than just a mom, she's my best friend. I know I can count on her when I need "mom" advice or just simply letting me know I look great before I head out for the night. She and I share more memories and laughs than I do with most of my friends. All I have to do is talk about us bringing home a mattress from BJs Wholesale Club and we're instantly cracking up. If I didn't have such a close relationship with my mom growing up, I think I would have turned out differently. She always let me be exactly who I wanted, regardless of me going through a phase or not. She never put me down. I know my mom will always be there for me when I need her, even when I have to face the fact she's not physically here. I just want to let her know I love her and I'm thankful for everything she's ever sacrificed for me. You're the best, my one and only, Momma Dukes! - Shannon Kennedy, Egg Harbor Township
My mom, Barbara Cardile, of Rio Grande in Middle Township, tried to teach me how to drive. I admit that it was a valiant but ultimately unsuccessful effort. With my learner's permit, she would ride with me to school and afterwards continue on to work. Theoretically, this should have worked out, but me being a 16-year-old driver terrified my poor mother. Her anxiety only added to mine as I was suddenly responsible for navigating us down the road. She refused to drive with me and had my father take over. Being an unruly, stubborn teenager, I cannot blame her - but this is why she is special. When I got my license, I wanted to drive to Ohio with my mother for sightseeing and a family visit. She had never spent much time alone in a car with me at the helm - surely a recipe for disaster! But she gave me the benefit of the doubt as we split the driving. We ended up having a wonderful, memorable adventure that I will cherish for the rest of my life. She even admitted that I had turned out to be a decent driver - one of the best compliments I have ever received. I aspire to be like her every day. - Sara Cardile, Bear, Del.
Mom, Jane Letizia, you're the one who brought us into the world, the best mom anyone could ever ask for and you're so much fun. Your smile, your laugh, your beauty and unconditional love ... warm our hearts. Mom, you're the one who held our hands the first day of school, and made sure we had our lunches packed and always sneaked a letter of love beneath the snack pack. Mom, you made sure we had everything we could ever ask for and more. Mom, your greatest gifts, we could never buy - your eye on the world and the lessons you teach keep us in love's reach. You taught us to try our hardest and to always remember that we're great. Mom, thank you for everything you do; we love you more than you'll ever know. Love Jay, Andrea, Jim and Mike - Mike Letizia, Linwood
My mother, Joan Eggermont, of Lower Township, is a special mother. She is 77 years old and she still takes care of us. She has five of us. We are all sick. She is still working and when she comes home, she does whatever we need. She takes us to the doctor. She takes our grandbaby, who has cerebral palsy, to the hospital in Philadelphia. No matter how much I tell you how special my mother is, no one knows but the people who live with her. We do not tell her all the time, but we do love her - we love her very much. I can tell you about my mom all day and all night. - Brandy Dennison, Lower Township
My mommy, Cindy Verderber, is special because she is always smiling and is friendly to everyone. Mom always helps us with our homework. She is an awesome coach for my softball team and a great supporter for my drama club. When me and my sister fight and make mom mad, she always keeps her cool and never yells at us. This year she gave us a gift of a puppy, he is perfect for us and loves her too! (She feeds him every morning). If we could pick any mommy in the world to have, it would still be our mom. She's a "funtastic" art teacher for kids and always dresses cool. She also buys us cool clothes.
My mom, Margie Montanaro, of North Cape May, is the best. Growing up all my friends wished they had my mom ... as I've grown to be a mom myself I realize even more how special my Mom is and what a great job she has done.
Dear Mother, Jean Rubens: It's been many years since you were called to heaven as one of God's angels, but your presence will always be felt.
My mom's name is Nynell Langford, of Atlantic City. My brother and I love her so much for so many reasons. First, because she lost six babies before having me, but she never gave up hope. Then after my brother, Isaiah, was born, she gave birth to my baby sister, Mariah, who was born with a rare birth defect called Trisomy 13. My mother dedicated her life to my sister who lived to only be 4 years old. My mom had to perform CPR and rescue breathing for my sister up to five times a day. She did this until Oct. 16, 2003. Thats the saddest day I remember seeing my mom. That was the day my sister became the angel she really was. It also was five days before my 11th birthday. I remember my mom arranging my sister's funeral and planning a birthday party for me. She picked out a beautiful white casket for my sister and a huge birthday cake for me all in the same day. Only a special mom could do that. I told my mom that a party that year wasn't important but she insisted I have one. You see, my mom always pleases everyone. No matter what her situation is, she loves me and my brother so unconditionally. My mom now does a dinner for mothers who have lost children. It's called "A Time To Remember." I love her so much for that, because I see her help make sad mothers happy including herself. I help her with the event every year. So even though people may know my mom as the First Lady of Atlantic City, she always puts herself last. - Elijah Langford, Atlantic City
I am submitting an excerpt from the eulogy I wrote for my mom. She passed away on April 8th at 75 years of age
There is not enough ink and paper in the world to write all my mom did and supported me through life. She was "The lady with many hats" described best by her 23 years teaching in the Ventnor school system. My mother raised me, supported me, educated me and never stopped loving me. My best gift to her life well lived would be for all the papers, Internet and press releases to read: Hortense O'Donnell, Job completed. You earned your wings. I miss her and God bless all the mothers' of the world. - George O'Donnell, Galloway Township.
Our mom is technically our grandma but, we have lived with her since we were 3 1/2 and 2 years old. She gladly took us in and a couple years later she adopted us. We are now 14 and 12 and are showered with love and all the things children need. We are not rich, in fact we don't have much money at all, but mom makes us feel like the richest kid in the world. Before we came to live with our mom, everyone commented on how we always frowned. Now they comment on how much we smile and we can't stop. - Julia and Jenny Johnson, Margate
Remember when you were a kid and your mom would take away one little privilege and you'd think she's the worst? Well I admit I do lose my privileges. But never do I think she's terrible. My mom, Christy McGlynn-Wimberg, is my hero. My mom gets compliments from all of her friends about how well behaved her four children are. Sometimes when I hear this I want to run up and say, "She's the greatest mom ever!" Well, she is to me. It's a lot of hard work for her to take care of us. My dad works a lot and it's usually her that drives us around everywhere. But she's done a great job on all of us. When my three brothers' fool around, she's there in an instant and settles it calmly. My mom is the greatest mom you will ever find; she's a once in a life time person. She's stringent when needed while cool and collected the rest. Once you get to you know her, she's always there for you. I wish everyone could get to know her as the mom I know her as. - Kelsey Wimberg, Northfield
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