Photos by Jon Anderson
Hoover Mother's Day collage
As Mother's Day approaches, the Hoover Sun went to several Hoover elementary schools to talk to kids about their mothers. Here's what they had to say, in their own words:
What makes someone a good mother?
“They tuck you in at night. They cook you breakfast, and sometimes they might make your lunch.” – Colt Baker, first-grader at Greystone Elementary
“She sends them to school so they can learn better and helps them get better at something if they’re having trouble with it. If they’re trying to do work for school, she could probably help them with vocabulary, math or reading or schoolwork.” – Carter Holloway, second-grader at Riverchase Elementary
“You’ve got to have responsibility, so you have to know how to take care of them. You have to know your children because they might not be like everyone else. They might like different things, and they might have certain problems, and you’ve got to look out for that.” – Sophie Temple, fourth-grader at Green Valley Elementary
“She gives hugs and kisses.” – Maddie Young, second-grader at South Shades Crest Elementary
What do you like most about your mother?
“She’s nice. She likes to play with us, and she does a lot of nice things for us, and me and my sister can have fun with her. She takes us places, and when we want to do something, she’ll do it.’ – Jake Hatcher, first-grader at Rocky Ridge Elementary
“She cooks good dinner, like rice.” – Linh Nguyen, second-grader at Riverchase Elementary
“I like how she’ll just open up to me and always tell me the truth. I can always talk to her whenever, and if I have a secret, I can talk to her about it.” – Tyus Sisson, fifth-grader at Green Valley Elementary
What is the best advice your mother has given you?
“Don’t get mad. Just because something happens doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world.” – Steven Tran, fifth-grader at Greystone Elementary
“If someone doesn’t make you feel comfortable, then get away from them.” – Sydney Broderick, fifth-grader at Rocky Ridge Elementary
“Sometimes I tell her some things that people have done to me, and she just says to keep on smiling.” – Hannah Hickman, third-grader at Greystone Elementary
“To follow God and always believe in Jesus.” – Jamari Mosley, fourth-grader at Rocky Ridge Elementary
“She tells me to eat healthy foods like broccoli and carrots because she wants me to be healthy.” – Chyna Ervin, kindergartner at Green Valley Elementary
What is something you’ll do for your kids when you become a mother one day?
“I want to help them and feed them and be really loving to them, and when they do something bad, I wouldn’t really yell at them. I’ll just say, ‘Don’t do that anymore please.’ I just want to be really nice to my kids.” – Jasmine Bush, first-grader at Greystone Elementary
“I would want to care about them and hug them, and I would take them places and surprise them.” – Kendall Williams, first-grader at Riverchase Elementary
“I would want to help them with schoolwork, and I would not tell them to go to their room every time they get in trouble, and I would nurse them when they would be sick, and I would give them at least a few Christmas presents, and we would celebrate their birthday every time we go to a Mexican restaurant.” – Lele Holland, second-grader at South Shades Crest Elementary