We are thrilled to announce the winners of the seventh annual My Child/Parenting Express short-story writing competition. This year we experienced a few hiccups and we’d like to thank the initial short-listed nine entrants and especially the final four for being so understanding and accepting of our revised circumstances. Thank you also to all entrants who gave their hearts and souls in their writing – we enjoyed reading every single story and it’s always a hard task trying to pick the final few. Congratulations to the four wonderful winners listed below!
“Grown don’t mean nothing to a mother. A child is a child. They get bigger, older, but grown. In my heart it don’t mean a thing.”*
As our children grow and become more independent, we might become a wee bit complacent about their existence, lost in the daily grind and focusing on the world outside the home. But it doesn’t take much to realise how shockingly fragile human life is, and how quickly childhood will be over, though the connections and feelings that bind us will remain for eternity.
* Tony Morrison (American novelist, editor, and professor)