Mother inspires daughter

A Wapakoneta High School senior had a hard time narrowing down an essay nominating her mother for “Mother of the Year” — as she has done so much for her throughout her 18 years.

When Jocelyn Campbell nominated her mother, Tami Campbell, for “Mother of the Year,” a contest sponsored by the Wapakoneta Daily News, she never expected her essay to be chosen as the winner.

“I was really shocked,” Jocelyn said. “I just started thinking about things, and I had a hard time narrowing it down to the limit.”

In Jocelyn’s essay about her mother, she said her mother was a spiritual leader, coach and friend, who has taught her so many meaningful lessons.

She also shared that her mother supports her dancing and attended her dance competitions through the years.

“I have to write a letter to her for our dance banquet, and that’s what got me inspired,” Jocelyn said.

Jocelyn, who has been involved in dance at The Dance Centre for 15 years, said her mother is her biggest cheerleader.

“She has worked so hard so that I can afford to pursue what I love to do, even it it means giving up her own desires,” Jocelyn wrote in the essay.

When her mother was presented with “Mother of the Year” award this week, Tami took a slight gasp and tears filled up in her eyes, as she gave her daughter a hug.

“I really didn’t think she noticed the things I do,” Tami said. “Well, she tells me, but I wasn’t expecting this. I just go about doing my mom thing, and go about my own business.”

“I know she thinks I don’t notice, but I do,” Jocelyn said. “I’m blessed to have a mom like her.”

Tami and Jocelyn brought up a time a couple years ago when Tami saw the essays nominating mothers in the newspaper for this contest and remembers asking in a kidding fashion why no one wrote about her.

“So I waited a couple years so she wouldn’t know I was doing it,” Jocelyn said about writing the letter this year.

Tami said she is grateful to have great children — Adam, Amanda and Jocelyn.

“I feel very blessed,” Tami said.

Tami, who is married to Terry Campbell, works at Bob Evans, and Jocelyn said when she was younger she would visit her and remembers her mother would greet and talk to so many customers.

“I always wondered how she knew so many people, but now I know that it’s because of her true friendliness and compassion for other people,” Jocelyn said. “Not only has she greatly impacted my life but also the lives of the Wapakoneta community.”