Winning essay thanks mother for the little things

May 08, 1994|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,Contributing Writer

Katie Sullivan gave her mom, Jolene, a special Mother's Day gift a few days early.

Katie, 8, wrote the winning essay for the "Westminster Mother of the Year" contest sponsored by the Westminster Recreation Office.

The third-grader at William Winchester Elementary School was chosen from among 350 entrants. The competition was open to children in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Katie's mother is the director of the Carroll County Department of Citizen Services. But it is not her job that impresses Katie.

"At night when I can't keep my eyes open, who lets me in bed with her?" wrote Katie in her essay. "Yes, my mom."

The essay expresses Katie's gratitude for the "girls' day out" time spent with her mother and for the little things her mother does for her.

"She is a very special person," Katie wrote. "She even cleans my pig pen room for me."

Katie was surprised to find out she had won.

"My dad said that there was like a one in a million chance because of the older kids," she said. "Usually the older kids get it because they have a bigger vocabulary and more talent for writing."

Katie worked on her essay for a few days to sum up everything she wanted to say.

"I went home and I said to my dad that I really have to work hard for this," she said. "And I did."

Mrs. Sullivan said, "I was aware that she was writing it but she would not allow me to read it."

Katie read her essay to her mother and others Wednesday at a ceremony at City Hall.

"I was nervous but everyone said you couldn't tell," she said.

The event was recorded by Prestige Cable for later airing.

As "Mother of the Year," Mrs. Sullivan received flowers, balloons and gifts from area merchants.

Katie also received a gift.

"She got a little '#1 daughter' charm from her mom and dad," said Mrs. Sullivan. "We are very blessed. Katie's our only child."

Mrs. Sullivan, who said she was "shocked, surprised and humbled" by the honor, will get her official present from her husband, Michael, and Katie today. "But this," she said, "was pretty special."

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