Tuesday, February 8, 2011

And Sometimes They Surprise You

Austin shared this essay he wrote for school, with me. It made me cry.

Renaissance Person of the Year
Austin Meehan

I believe that there are many characteristics that a modern day man or women would need to be considered a renaissance person of the year. A renaissance person needs to be well rounded and have great qualities to make up an ideal role model for others in today’s society. This modern day renaissance person would need to be honest, smart, hopeful, caring, trusting, hardworking and strong on the inside. I believe that my mom has all of the characteristics needed to be a modern day renaissance person, so I nominate her.

My mom is very honest and at times this can be extremely difficult. She can tell the truth even when it hurts. I remember one time when my mom was feeling down, so I asked what was wrong. Instead of saying nothing was wrong like most parents would do, she told me what was making her feel that way and what I could do to help so that things would eventually be better. Unlike other parents, she doesn’t just glaze over her children’s work; instead she not only tells us what can be improved, but she helps us get it to that stage.

My mom is very trusting and smart. I can tell her anything or any of my problems and she will be able to understand them and tell me what to do if I want to fix them. Many of my friends have told me they have a bad relationship between with their parents. They aren’t able to talk to their parents without their parents being disappointed or not knowing what to do or say. My mom understands me and shares her own experiences so we can relate to each other.

A modern renaissance person of the year would need to be hardworking and strong to achieve that award. My mom stays up for hours into the night writing her blog and humor books that inspire thousands of parents to enjoy their kids and see the lighter side of life while being a mom to me and my five siblings. She works hard to make enough money for us because my parents are divorced and my dad isn’t reliable with child support. Even with all these stressors and factors working against her, she is still able to keep calm and make it through without help. She does everything she can to make life for us better while still being there for us as a caring mom.

There are few, if any, modern day men and women that meet the requirements for the renaissance person of the year, but I agree completely that my mom is one of the few that deserves it. She is honest, trusting, hardworking and everything in-between. She is what makes life for my siblings and me great; she’s the well rounded renaissance women of our society.

85 comments:

Melia said...

Oh, Dawn. I would cry too if one of my children wrote something so wonderful about me. Congratulations! You are doing an amazing job.

WebGal said...

That is awesome! What a great kid and a great mom!

Denise ~ Paper Ponderings said...

I can only imagine...it brought tears to my eyes! That is just beyond cool!

Gilsner said...

Oh my god. That made ME cry. You must be swimming in a river of tears! I don't know who you should be more proud of: Austin... or yourself.

Right there in that letter is everything I hope to one day be in a parent... And everything I one day hope to have in a child. Thank you so much for sharing. As per usual, you are an inspiration. Oprah is great... But Dawn is awesome ;)

Sonja said...

I cried.

V1nce said...

Your kids are awesome! You are awesome and you definitely are renaissance person of the DECADE.

Helluva kid(s) you got there. And a helluva mom they have!

Blessings come all the time, mostly when we need them.

Good job, Austin!
Good job, Dawn!
Good job Meehans!

Inspiring as always!

Amazing Mama said...

bless the children and bless your lack of guile Dawn.

heather said...

Wow. Just wow. I hope you keep this handy and the next time anyone questions anything you are doing, just pull this out and read it. So articulate and he captures it all! I hope it got an A too!

Sherry said...

That's a great kid you have there! You're a great mom and what better reward than having your kids know it.

Laura~peach~ said...

awww so sweet... and I agree with him you are a great mom!

Jennifer said...

Great job, Austin!! What an insightful young man you are raising, Dawn.

Kim Neyer said...

Oh wow... if that doesn't make everything you do as a mom worth it times TEN, I don't know what does. What a sweet kid. He is wise beyond his years!!

Jing..xx said...

Thanks for sharing abt your life, problems and so forth. I especially like it when you show how you can look at things the positive way and not the negative. I'm a parent myself and I know how difficult it is. But you are so positive and funny and inspiring!

Six-Pack Momma said...

Awww...what a good kid. He's got a great mom.

AussieRodney said...

And sometimes they surprise you. This is where your Karma finally returns.

Mama-in-Ausbildung said...

Just wonderful. And true. I hope I can be such an awesome mom for my son (and maybe future kids to be).

I truly understand why it made you cry...

belindasbaubles said...

Got it in one Austin. I agree with ya mate. 100%
Winner of the Renaissance Person of the year for 2011 (and every year there-after until we say so) Dawn Damalas Meehan!!!
*crowd goes wild*
Belinda in Brisbane Australia

Mom Taxi Julie said...

Kids, gotta love em!

Gilda said...

Oh Dawn ... What a beautiful gift.
Absolutely wonderful! Brought tears to my eyes!
Thanks to Austin for letting you share it with us

hrunars said...

wow! :)

You're SO doing things right with those kids!

Frau Mahlzahn said...

Wow.

So long,
Corinna

Sara said...

aww, that's the sort of thing that makes all the hardships worth it :)

WeaselMomma said...

Wow. I can see how this would bring a tear to your eye.

Also, the apple didn't fall far from the tree. Like mother/like son, Austin has your talent for the written word.

Sarah said...

What an awesome, wise, and compassionate son you have! I hope one day I am as lucky.

Sherry said...

That is absolutely the sweetest thing I've read in a long time. What a wonderful young man you are raising. What a gift he gave to you by sharing that. Thanks for sharing.

Mynde said...

Wow. THAT will give you the strength to keep on keepin' on. You're obviously a great mom- kids don't lie.

Sarah said...

How beautiful. He's a great writer, like his mom! :) Is he feeling better? What about Jackson? Praying for y'all.

momof3boys said...

That is beautiful. You are very blessed with your children. :)

Krys72599 said...

I nominate Austin for "Son of the Year."
You should be so very proud, and I know you are, of him, AND of yourself. You are, quite obviously, a great mom!!!

Jen@Scrapingirl said...

Well, give that boy a hug from me. I'm over here tearing up. You have an awesome son. You are one blessed momma.

Bettina Slottved said...

Wow. That is wonderful. He is so insightful. And he is right, you help so many of us to enjoy motherhood.

ad9cce0a-344e-11e0-a682-000bcdcb8a73 said...

This one made me cry, too. Keep this close to you and read it often, especially when you think you aren't making a difference. There's your proof. I have a child with Asperger's syndrome. Hearing that I am a good parent from him is worth it's weight in gold. You should be fiercely proud of the job you are doing!!!

Rachel said...

That's so sweet. And so encouraging. I think you should frame it and hang it by your bed to remind you that they notice everything that you do for them. Keep plugging away!

Chris said...

What a wonderful tribute to you, Dawn!! You have great children and anytime you're down, just read this essay. I hope he got an A on it!!

Jennifer said...

So sweet. Your son is amazing Dawn (and all of what he wrote is true!). You should be very proud of him.

pepsiplease said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!!

0a1ed574-3454-11e0-bac0-000bcdcb471e said...

Wow Dawn,

That made me cry too! You are the best MOM EVER for Austin to write such beautiful words about you. With the troubles he has had, you have given him the encouragement and nurturing to persevere.

Bravo to Austin and Brava to Dawn.

Karen

Mel said...

You should be very proud of him. That was a wonderful piece, looks like you breeding more authors! :)

Carrie M. said...

OMG Dawn, this brought tears to my eyes. You are doing an amazing job with your fantastic kids!! Hold your head up high!

Jen said...

Austin is awesome! Bright kid. Amazing how 5 paragraphs can be so powerful. You ARE doing things right. =)

Elleah said...

Wow! That made me cry, too. That's beautiful!

Kimberly said...

That's beautiful!!!

coffee2u2 said...

What a wonderfully written essay. Got me all teary eyed too.

Pam said...

what an awesome essay!! you have an amazing son!

Losing Brownies said...

What an amazing son you have, Dawn. His essay brought tears to my eyes.

Robin said...

OH my God Dawn! THAT is amazing & SO true!! Please tell Austin what a fantastic job he did. You need to frame that essay and refer back to it when life weighs heavy on your shoulders. Your children DO appreciate all that you're doing. They get it!
Now I'm going to wipe my tears!

Bekah said...

And that is what makes being a Mom worth it!! Pat yourself on the back Dawn, job well done!!

Sarah said...

What an amazing tribute to an amazing woman. Dawn, I know you are going through some really hard things, but girl, you are getting the main things right. Your relationships with your children are some of your greatest blessings.
What an amazing son! Well said, Austin!

4boyz4me said...

That is awesome Dawn! You have done an amazing job with your children and this proves it without a doubt. Austin, you are fantastic!

shawnie said...

wow. See?! That is all the affirmation you need. You are doing a spectacular job at keeping it all together. This makes me even MORE proud of you. You are a super mom raising super kiddos.

Shawnie in Mo.

Mark said...

YAY for Austin!! And a BIG YAY for DAWN too!
THAT was really exceptionally nice..UNTIL he hit upon the WELL ROUNDED...Thought you were dieting,Dawn!!

Seriously though: Whatta Great Kid you have there!

Simple Country Girl said...

How sweet! It just goes to show how good things come to those who do their best and also make sacrifices of their own for the sake of others. I know you hear this all the time, but you truly are an inspiration. Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing Austin's piece of writing.

Mayberry Mom said...

That is awesome!

I wrote a compare/contrast essay in college about my dad: before he knew Jesus and after he knew Jesus and how different he was. I showed it to him, he cried and I never saw it again because he filed it away somewhere.

It's so special when you see how your children see you isn't it?

sharalyns said...

Ack! I have tears! WTG Austin!

me said...

This is such a wonderful note. You must be so proud. This is the best gift for all the hard work you have put in for the past year. You really deserved it!
You know what got me the most - the part where he says that you not only listen to him but also know what to say. I have a kindergartner, and he stumps me with his questions about the things he is discovering... especially the small ugly things that I have tried to shield him from till now. And at times, I really don't know how to respond. I definitely miss the times when a kiss would fix everything, and answers weren't needed :)
And yes, very well written piece Austin!

imtcbbaby said...

Never doubt that you're doing something right, Dawn!

Sarah said...

Dawn, I know you've got to be overloaded with emails, etc. I sent Brooklyn a children's book my daughter had written. (The Wind and the Blows). It was before you announced your ex had been fired. Do you actually have time to go through all your mail? I was just wondering if she got it and if so, did she like it? Thanks so much!

Colleen said...

Well said Austin.
I say you deserve and A+++++++++

Kimberly said...

Wow...what a heartfelt tribute to you, Dawn. Must mean you're doing something right, huh?

And Austin, you must be a great kid...and you write well too! Maybe you should think about writing a book for kids on how to deal with parents?

agent713 said...

Austin you did a wonderful job! I submitted a university level essay today and I don't think it was even written that well. Good job.
And Dawn? Every word of it was exactly true. You've got a wonderful son there. :)

Tifffany said...

big ups to you for being an awesome mom, and him for being an awesome kid! I cant imagine how proud you are right now! Everything he wrote is so true. Especially how your work inspires parents to look at the humor of life and enjoy their children. Its amazing that he sees the value in that at such a young age. You are an amazing family!

Leah said...

This should reassure you on those challenging days...what a great mom and a great kid!

Holly C. said...

That's so wonderful!

Björn said...

It is east to see from that this kid has inherrited his moms perception of the surroundings.
To have this abillity to look at his surroundings, interpret it, and put it down in text tekla me he is a betyder intelligent young man.

And i congratulate you to have done such a great job with your children.

PamGram said...

Wow,are you sure he's only 16? Not many teens like Austin these days.You did good Dawn. All your kids are awesome and it's because of you. :~)

Chantel said...

This brought tears to my eyes as well. You have done a wonderful job raising your children.

Linda said...

You have so much to be proud of Dawn, this shows so much, and also what a wonderful young man Austin is. It brought tears to my eyes also

Mady and Jacks Mama said...

I hope this makes you feel so good! I know times are hard, but how quickly does all that melt away when your son writes something like this? Austin sounds like a great kid, and great kids don't get that way by themselves. You are a great mom who has to make difficult decesions, but isn't it all worth it?!! Best wishes to all of you!

Kris Roach said...

WOW! Now that is A-Maz-ing!!!! GO AUSTIN!!!! That is so terrific...speaks volumes about what kind of mother you are...when the child welfare or DSS or whoever worker lady comes, just hand her the essay...she will shed a few tears and be on her way!

Kristine said...

I don't think you could get a sweeter nomination.

Walter said...

I cried too!! This says so much about who you are and how you parent and how your children will turn out as adults. In fact, they are probably more adult now than most people who are out there voting, drinking and reproducing.

dhaynes said...

That in a nutshell is why you are sooooo loved! Your son said it all, and how amazing that he realizes this! See, you ARE doing a fantastic job with your children. Keep it up Dawn, and thanks too for the warning that it made you cry. I made sure I had my tissues out before reading!

Diane Haynes

nearlynotquite.com said...

That is one amazing child. You should be beyond proud. After all the demons you have been fighting with him you absolutely deserve this. x

Sharlyn said...

Congrats to Austin for writing a thoughtful and fitting tribute to his mother. :) Dawn, you deserve it! It's plain to see that you've passed your writing talent on!

Kirsten said...

That's awesome! I'm sitting here crying too! You should be so proud of him! You have done a wonderful job of raising him, Dawn!!

Jenny said...

I love it! How special!

lilvioletgrl said...

What a great kid!

khull05 said...

Told you!!! You are amazing!!!!! There are not many teenage boys who would dare say such things about their moms.

Put this some place special, and on "those days" pull it back out.

Kids ALWAYS see the truth. They see you!

Jen said...

That's one amazing boy you've got there. You're an amazing Mom! So touching to read what he wrote. He's not even my son and I'm tearing up! :)

Carmen said...

There is no better proof of what a great job you are doing! Most teenagers don't realize what their parents do for them, and of the ones that realize it, few would ever talk about it.

I'm sure you are very proud of Austin. Congratulations!

Vixie said...

Dawn, that's a very sweet and well-expressed essay. Has Austin started thinking about college yet? I ask because I have worked in admissions at a top-tier university, and based on what I've seen, it looks like he has a lot of potential. It may seem soon (he's a sophomore, right?), but it's not—now would be the time to get started with standardized tests & such. And don't worry about the cost yet—a lot of schools these days have great aid programs. In fact, the better the school, the more likely he can get a free ride.

Ruth said...

How sweet!!

petunia6348 said...

For once I am speechlees! This brought tears to my eyes. Everything your family has been through this past year has made you all stronger and Austin is a shining example of what a great job you are doing. ♥ you all!

Stephanie said...

Wow. Just wow. When things get rough Dawn, just read this and know that you are doing everything right, and you are doing a beautiful job raising six wonderful amazing children. You should be so proud. He's awesome. Remember how awesome your kids are through these tough times. Love you!

Mimicutelips said...

That is very raw, honest and very sweet. In case you forgot you are doing a great job holding it down and your children have noticed.

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