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Dear Mom: I've Been Meaning To Tell You ...

By Times staff

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 26, 2001

Your gift to your mother this year is ... the truth.

Tell her what you've been keeping from her all these years. Maybe you do know what happened to her serving bowl. Maybe you weren't really at Donna's for a sleepover when you said you were. Maybe she was right about that guy you dated in college.

Maybe she was right about a lot of things.

Your letter to your mom can be sweet. It can be dark. It must be true.

Write it as if she were going to read it: "Dear Mom," etc. (Please, we're begging you: no poetry.) Send it to us at Dear Mom, Floridian, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731. The e-mail address is (put "Dear Mom" in the subject line; do not send attachments).

Stories should be no longer than 150 words -- about as long as this article. The deadline is May 7. Include your name and phone number.

Mom will be happy to hear from you. Probably.

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