Parker Canty and his mom, Bernadette Canty, won a gift card to Positano at Birkdale Village. This is what they said about their moms. And here are other readers' Mother's Day love notes.
Parker Canty salutes his mom, Bernadette Canty
"She is great. She is strong. When I do bad in school she gives me good discipline. My mom kisses me, hugs me and praises me. She makes sure I have food to eat and I go to a good school. She takes me places and teaches me things. She is going to get me a book about algebra and geometry. I can't wait because the 2nd graders at Cramerton Christian Academy are learning about those things. My mom says that I am special. I am smarter than a 5th grader. She loves me more than I ever know and that is the story."
Parker Canty, 6
Parker's mom salutes her mom, Almeater Parker
"My mother Almeater is special to me and every life that she touches.
"The essence of her soul is to love and give of herself. I would like to share with you some of those acts:
"My mother has provided health care to our neighbors (e.g. fixing sprains, checking blood pressures, nose bleeds, etc.) when those in my community were unable to afford health care.
"My mother is a child advocate for the foster care system. She reviews and attends court cases to make sure the children are placed in a healthy and loving environment.
"She started the 'feeding ministry' and faithfully serves the homeless and hungry in her community. Often times she takes money out of her own pocket or cooks and brings food from home to ensure that every Wednesday, those in need are greeted with love and a hot meal.
"She has helped several of her family toward the end of their lives by seeing to their needs. She selflessly helped to care for her ex-husband, my father, until he died because I lived in another state and wasn't able to be there. She would make sure he had food, proper health care and was a companion to him.
"I could continue with several more of these stories. The best one of all is that for no other reason she is my mom and she loves me."
Bernadette P. Canty, Clover, S.C.
"My mother cooks, cleans and cares for us.
"She loves to help anybody. She is even volunteering to be a chaperone for my field trip! She also donated money to buy presents for my teacher, the secretary, and my music teacher.
"She also takes care of her friends and never forgets to keep in touch. Even though most of her friends are halfway around the world, she still watches over them. She also keeps in touch with faraway relatives."
Angel Nugroho, 10, of Charlotte
Lucinda 'Cindy' Gilbert
"My wife and I were married last summer, and through our time together I have come to learn that her mother is an amazing woman.
"First of all, she is my wife's best friend; they talk every day and share everything. They rely upon each other and are there for one another when needed. They find strength in their relationship to handle the things that life sometimes throws their way, and Cindy (my wife's mother) has received her fair share of life's little 'hiccups.'
"Three weeks ago, she was diagnosed with lymphoma. Just when she was beginning to enjoy her new house and the things she had worked so hard for, she got hit with another blow.
"But as is true with Cindy, she hasn't let this one get her down either. While she is still in the hospital awaiting her first chemo treatment, she still is thinking of everyone else and how they are doing. Her kind heart has been an example to those around her: her three wonderful daughters, her 4 grandchildren, her friends and co-workers within her community, and one new family member, me."
Ben Johnson, Charlotte
"While my mom did happen to be a loving, nurturing mother during my childhood, now at age 34 I think I appreciate her even more.
"My wife and I have two boys under age 2, and without her voluntarily coming over to babysit two nights a week for us to have date nights, plus some afternoons to give her daughter-in-law a much-needed break, our sanity could wear thin. She loves those boys like she loved her own children, and we are blessed to have her in our lives!"
Kevin Breen, Charlotte
Mildred Irene Greene
"Here is what makes her my hero. Not only does she take care of my dad, but she does a lot of volunteering. My mom loves to quilt. This is what keeps her sane. She is very active in our church, Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church. She belongs to the Fellowship Club, which meets once a month on Tuesdays. They make quilt tops for hospice. On April 22, my mother and I delivered 50 lap quilts for hospice patients to Hospice of Cabarrus County. That's why she is my hero, and (has) been such a positive influence in my life and her grandchildren lives."
Joy Greene Hooks, Concord
I moved to Charlotte in the summer of 1997, and this picture is one of the first that was taken. It was the start of building a great relationship with my mother, which is something I did not have growing up.
I am 37 years old and about to graduate with my bachelor's degree from Queens University of Charlotte. My mother has become my best friend, and I am so grateful for all that she has done to be a positive factor in my life.
Melanie Mosberg, Charlotte
Linda Woo Bellamy
"Not only did she raise both my brother and me, but she has helped raise thousands of Charlotte-Mecklenburg schoolchildren in her 31 years as an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher. During my years at Irwin Avenue Elementary, I used to hide behind school pillars when I would see kids wearing my hand-me-downs, mortified that one of my friends would notice that everything I wore was passed on to my mom's 'other kids.' All of my Barbies and Cabbage Patch Kids ended up in her teaching trailer. My books were loaned out to kids whose parents couldn't afford to buy them their own.
"Looking back, I laugh at my discomfiture and appreciate my mother teaching me that no one should want for necessities - especially children. Even now, my mother tends to "borrow" things and take them to her children at Olde Providence and Myers Park Traditional.
"I could rave for hours about what a great mother she is to me, but her above-and-beyond nature with her students is what truly sets her above the rest."
Abby Bellamy, Mint Hill
"My mother married my father young, at 19, and gave up her car so he could drive to college at the University of Charleston in West Virginia, an endeavor my mother never embarked on.
"When I was born, my mother being 23, she opted to stay at home and teach me to read, write, draw, throw a baseball, and appreciate life. She did this with both me, as well as my brother, and we both entered school with an academic edge that surpassed many of our schoolmates.
"My mom has taught me that there can be no value placed on the uniqueness of one's life. She is an amazing woman, and if I can emulate even half of the qualities that she possesses, I will truly feel as though I have left this world a better place."
Jessica Mitchell, Charlotte
Ana Maria Martinez
"My mom was a foster mom to 154 children for more than 10 years. There were always six foster kids, plus my brother and myself. So that made eight kids in the home at one time, ranging from age 10 to 17.
"She helped kids be united with their parents, took them to prisons to visit their mom or dad. She located parents in bars to find out if they were OK and rest the child's mind. She went beyond her duty... to do things for them at whatever time it would be for their happiness."
Patti Hutchens and Jose Alamo, Indian Trail
My mom is an amazing person. She is giving of her time, lenient on me when I do not-so-good things, and usually has a smile on her face. When I swim at 7:30 in the morning, she will get up and take me, even when she wants to sleep in after a long week of teaching a bunch of fourth-graders! And even after dealing with 20-some kids at school, she never lets her frustrations show (even though I'm sure she has some)."
Catherine Schluter, Charlotte
"While I have always known my mom loved me, it wasn't until this past year that I fully came to understand that love with the birth of my own daughter. It has made me appreciate all of the sacrifices my mom has made even more. My one hope as I raise my own little girl is that I can be half the mother that my mom has been. It's a lofty goal, let me tell you!"
Hillary Cole, Huntersville