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Thought this might interest some of you reading mamas:

Write a paragraph or story (500 words max) about when your intuition has been right about your child. The top five stories—selected by Masha Hamilton and guest judges—will get a free hardcover copy of 31 HOURS and have their stories featured on You can submit here:

Entries accepted until: September 30, 2009
Winners announced: October 16, 2009

For more information about 31 HOURS, visit

My son is still too young for me to have a story, but I remember a moment my mom had 15 years ago. My parents were at their friends' house for dinner one evening when my mom called me at home and asked if I had heard from my (older) brother. She felt like something was wrong and started praying. He was supposed to be driving home (New York) from Pennsylvania where his girlfriend lived. I hadn't heard from him and we had no way to reach him, but we found out a few hours later that he had been in a serious car accident. He had looked down at a map and crossed over the Thruway median. The car was totaled and it was a miracle that he wasn't hurt.