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MOMMY MONDAY (2/23/15)

The Prognosis

A young mother who had been diagnosed with a treatable form of cancer returned home from the hospital, self-conscious about her physical appearance and loss of hair following radiation. Upon sitting down on a kitchen chair, her son appeared quietly in the doorway, studying her curiously. As his mother began a rehearsed speech to help him understand what he was seeing, they boy came forward to snuggle in her lap. Intently, he laid his head to her chest and just held on. His mother was saying, "And sometime, hopefully soon, I will look the way I used to, and then I'll be better." The young child sat up thoughtfully. With six-year-old frankness, he simply responded, "Different hair, same old heart." His mother no longer had to wait for "sometime, hopefully soon" to be better. She was. Rochelle M. Pennington


In the Genes

A young woman named Mary gave birth to her first child, and because her husband was on military duty, she spent a couple of weeks after the birth at the home of her parents. One day Mary mentioned to her mother that she was surprised the baby's hair was reddish, when both she and her husband were blonde. "Well, Mary," said her mother, "you must remember, your daddy's hair is red." "But Mamma," said Mary, "that doesn't make any difference because I'm adopted." With a little smile, Mamma said the loveliest words that her daughter had ever heard: "I always forget."
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2015 Academy of Country Music Awards Nominees

Entertainer of the Year (Fan voting begins April 8 at 3 PM ET and closes during the third hour of the live broadcast)
Jason Aldean
Garth Brooks
Luke Bryan
Miranda Lambert
Florida Georgia Line
Male Vocalist of the Year
Jason Aldean
Dierks Bentley
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Brad Paisley
Blake Shelton
Female Vocalist of the Year
Brandy Clark
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood
Vocal Duo of the Year
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae
The Swon Brothers
Vocal Group of the Year
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Rascal Flatts
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band
New Artist of the Year (Fan voting for Top 3 nominees closes on Feb. 10 at 6 PM ET)
Brett Eldredge
Tyler Farr
Sam Hunt
Kip Moore
Thomas Rhett
Chase Rice
Cole Swindell
Dan + Shay
Album of the Year
‘Old Boots, New Dirt,’ Jason Aldean
‘Pain Killer,’ Little Big Town
‘Platinum,’ Miranda Lambert
‘Riser,’ Dierks Bentley
‘The Outsiders,’ Eric Church
Song of the Year
‘American Kids,’ Kenny Chesney
‘Automatic,’ Miranda Lambert
‘Drink a Beer,’ Luke Bryan
‘Follow Your Arrow,’ Kacey Musgraves
‘Give Me Back My Hometown,’ Eric Church
‘I Hold On,’ Dierks Bentley
Single Record of the Year
‘American Kids,’ Kenny Chesney
‘Automatic,’ Miranda Lambert
‘Dirt,’ Florida Georgia Line
‘Drunk on a Plane,’ Dierks Bentley
‘I Don’t Dance,’ Lee Brice
Video of the Year
‘American Kids,’ Kenny Chesney
‘Cop Car,’ Keith Urban
‘Drunk on a Plane,’ Dierks Bentley
‘I’m Not Gonna Miss You,’ Glen Campbell
‘Somethin’ Bad,’ Miranda Lambert feat. Carrie Underwood
Vocal Event of the Year
‘Lonely Tonight,’ Blake Shelton feat. Ashley Monroe
‘Meanwhile, Back at Mama’s,’ Tim McGraw feat. Faith Hill
‘Somethin’ Bad,’ Miranda Lambert feat. Carrie Underwood
‘The South,’ The Cadillac Three feat. Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley and Mike Eli
‘This Is How We Roll,’ Florida Georgia Line feat. Luke Bryan
Songwriter of the Year
Rodney Clawson
Ashley Gorley
Luke Laird
Josh Osborne
Chris Tompkins
Read More: 2015 ACM Awards Nominees Announced |

MOMMY MONDAY (1/26/15)

A young mother writes:

 “I know you’ve written before about the empty-nest syndrome, that lonely
period after the children are grown and gone. Right now I’m up to my
eyeballs in laundry and muddy boots. The baby is teething; the boys are
fighting. My husband just called and said to eat without him, and I fell
off my diet. Lay it on me again, will you?”
OK. One of these days, you’ll shout, “Why don’t you kids grow up and act
your age!” And they will. Or, “You guys get outside and find yourselves
something to do . . . and don’t slam the door!” And they won’t.
You’ll straighten up the boys’ bedroom neat and tidy: bumper stickers
discarded, bedspread tucked and smooth, toys displayed on the shelves.
Hangers in the closet. Animals caged. And you’ll say out loud, “Now I want
it to stay this way.” And it will.
You’ll prepare a perfect dinner with a salad that hasn’t been picked to
death and a cake with no finger traces in the icing, and you’ll say, “Now,
there’s a meal for company.” And you’ll eat it alone.
You’ll say, “I want complete privacy on the phone. No dancing around. No
demolition crews. Silence! Do you hear?” And you’ll have it.
No more plastic tablecloths stained with spaghetti. No more bedspreads to
protect the sofa from damp bottoms. No more gates to stumble over at the
top of the basement steps.
No more anxious nights under a vaporizer tent. No more sand on the sheets
or Popeye movies in the bathroom. No more iron-on patches, rubber bands
for ponytails, tight boots or wet knotted shoestrings.
Imagine. A lipstick with a point on it. No baby-sitter for New Year’s Eve.
Having your teeth cleaned without a baby on your lap.
 No PTA meetings. No car pools. No blaring radios. No one washing her hair
at 11 o’clock at night.
Think about it. No more sloppy oatmeal kisses. No more tooth fairy. No
giggles in the dark. No knees to heal, no responsibility.
Only a voice crying, “Why don’t you grow up?” and the silence echoing, “I
Emma Bombeck