When You Thought I Wasn't Looking: A Book of Thanks for Mom

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Andrews McMeel Publishing, Feb 5, 2013 - Family & Relationships - 48 pages
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"When I wrote a tribute for my mother years ago, I never anticipated it would take a worldwide journey. Nonetheless, that is exactly what happened. The story I am about to share with you may read like fiction. I can assure you, there is nothing in the world that has ever been more true." --Mary Rita Korzan

Mary Rita Schilke Korzan wrote a poem to her mother 24 years ago, thanking her for all she had done as a mother, friend, and role model. She gave the poem to her mother and, a few months later, offered it as a tribute when Mary and her husband were married. So many wedding guests asked for a copy that Mary included one in her thank-you notes.

Thus began the strange and heartwarming journey of Mary's poem to her mom. Friends passed it on to those they knew. A minister in her hometown couldn't recall who gave it to him, but he included the by-then "anonymously written" poem in his book about loving others. Another author picked it up from there for her compilation of heartfelt works, and Mary finally noticed her poem, now listed as "Author Unknown," in A Fourth Course of Chicken Soup for the Soul, which her husband and children gave her as a Mother's Day gift.

With When You Thought I Wasn't Looking, readers have the chance to experience Mary's poem in its entirety and from its creator. This is the special kind of book that reminds us that sometimes the little things we do "just because" mean more to someone than we can imagine. Those little things teach love, compassion, and understanding. In other words, they're priceless. This sweet gift book brings that lesson home to the heart.

 

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Mary Rita Schilke Korzan is the mother of three and lives in Granger, Ind., with her husband. Mary earned an education degree from Bowling Green State University but has always enjoyed the challenge and artistry of creative writing. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, and her most recent poem, "Friends Are Like the Sun," was included in "The Blessings of Friendship" by Mary Engelbreit.

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