Debra Laman reads the essay her daughter, Jordyn, wrote about her for the Mother of the Year Contest, sponsored by the Wapakoneta Daily News. Laman, and her daughter, at left, share a hug after she finds out she is selected as Mother of the Year.
A local mother was pleasantly surprised when she found out she had won the Wapakoneta Daily News âMother of the Yearâ contest, when staff members from the newspaper showed up at her doorstep.
Jordyn Laman, a seventh-grader at Wapakoneta Middle School, wrote an essay about her mother, Debra Laman, which won her the contest.
âI was at the dentist office, and then I got a call from my mother-in-law saying I had to go home immediately,â Debra said. âI thought, oh no, something was wrong.â
So Debraâs mother-in-law came to the dentist to wait for Debraâs children to be finished with their visit as she ran home.
When Debra got home, she heard from her husband, Mike, that everything was OK, and shortly after her arrival, staff members from the Wapakoneta Daily News showed up at her house and showered her with gifts from participating local businesses, including gift certificates
Debra immediately gave her daughter, Jordyn, a hug as her body was shaking in shock.
âIâm still shaking,â Debra said minutes after the surprise. âI had no idea. I was scared when my mother-in-law showed up and said you had to go home immediately.â
Debra knew Jordyn had entered the contest through a project in her language arts class, and saw a rough draft of her daughterâs essay while Jordyn was typing it at home on the computer.
âShe was like, âMom, I donât know what to write about,ââ Debra said. âWhen she asked me I said, âI donât know.â â
Debra said she then pulled out a letter her son wrote to her on Motherâs Day when he was in second grade, but Jordyn had something different in mind.
Debra is the mother of three other children, Jacob, 16, Jessica, 15, and Jonah, 12.
âMy teacher (Kristi Fisher) thinks Iâm really funny,â Jordyn said. âSo I thought Iâd be funny and use sarcasm.â
Jordyn began her first paragraph by saying that âI donât really think she is all that special. Sure she does a lot for me, but she also does a lot for my whole family...She cooks some, maybe three meals a day for a year, thatâs only like 1,100 meals, McDonalds does like a billion, so sheâs not even close.â
The 13-year-old knew she wanted to use some sarcasm for her essay about her mother, and she showed the essay to her father before bringing the rough draft to her class.
âShe was afraid she would get in trouble at school for doing sarcasm,â Mike said.
Mike then told his daughter that if her teacher did not like it, then she could always rewrite it.
But the teacher and the class enjoyed the essay.
âMy teacher ended up reading it to every class,â Jordyn said. âShe told me âall the kids liked your essay.â â
When Debra was asked what she thought of the essay, she said, âIt sounds like her.â Debra told her daughter she did a good job.
Jordyn concluded her essay with âIn the end, sarcasm gets a good laugh and thatâs just what my mother likes a good laugh.â
âThis is the biggest Motherâs Day gift Iâve ever received,â Debra said.