What is a mother?
"Mother." A simple enough word it seems, yet it has so many different meanings.
When we asked children ages 4 to 17 to define the word, several said dictionary definitions - a female parent or guardian, or a woman who gives birth - don't come close to properly describing what a mother really is.
Someone who provides unconditional love, puts her family above all else and catches her children when they fall were common answers. Several children praised their mothers' abilities to make time for them despite hectic schedules. Other children appreciated a sense of humor, willingness to play sports and cooking skills.
We received 44 letters from area youth and also interviewed some students at Greencastle-Antrim Middle School in Greencastle, Pa., and Broadfording Christian Academy in Hagerstown.