A Mother’s Letters
By: Stephanie Gomes
(Originally published in The News-Gazette, Friday, June 6, 2008)
Writing from the first person point of view was much more difficult than any other journalism piece I have ever written, especially when it was family subject close to my heart. Also, along those lines, interviewing family members was more challenging than interviewing a stranger. Where do you begin when you have known someone your whole life? But, I learned that with proper editing and patience, a great piece can develop. To this day, I’m still very proud of this article.
[For this story,] I received 8th Place in the 49th annual William Randolph Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards Program.
– Stephanie Gomes
My brother is waiting for me when I walk in the door. He usually is. We stand there for a moment and exchange our usual punches and loving insults.
“So, I see you’ve been working out a lot,” I say sarcastically, punching his skinny arm.
“Shut up,” he says, laughing.
I can’t help but look at the left side of Mason’s face, which is still very swollen from his last surgery. The skin on that side of his face juts out slightly, and his left ear, which is closed shut, lies almost flat against his head and droops about an inch lower than his “good ear,” as he calls it. When looking straight on, you can hardly see that ear. His head of coarse, dusty-blonde hair hides the massive scar from his first surgery 14 years ago.