2019 Mother-Daughter 3rd Place – Judged
LaDonna Battles a customer service rep. and her daughter, Nia, a 10th grade student, live in Kansas City, MO.
What do the two of you enjoy doing together and why? I don’t like doing it but when we work out together. I like that she wants me to be healthy and is willing to help me do better. She is a really tough trainer/coach! She doesn’t let me cheat, give up, or half do it when I say I can’t. She will do whatever she needs to get me through it.
We go to a lot of dance performances like Alvin Ailey.
We also attend a lot of events at the Kauffman Center, the Folly, and the GEM theater.
Besides your looks, how are you two alike? We both love God, sleep, good food, and music!
She’s very active in church, working in the youth department and praise dancing, just like I was at her age.
Neither of us like getting up in the morning. She’s done several reports about school starting later. Whereas I keep trying to convince my job that if I could just come in at 10 a.m. instead of 8 a.m., I’d be much more productive.
Name some of the qualities you see in your daughter that you passed down to her. A desire to help people, which I think also, comes from my mother, a missionary. I seem to have gotten the same trait, helping others any way I can. Nia does the same – helping friends cope, with homework, and just trying to inspire them to be better.
If you don’t think you’re much alike, tell us how you differ. I am more extroverted where she is more of the quiet observer.
She loves sweets especially ice cream, and me – not so much
What is your fondest memory of your mother? Racing against each other to finish the same book. We are reading “Becoming” by Michelle Obama next.
Whenever we spend quality time together like when we went to St. Louis, MO to see Madea’s Farewell Tour for my 16th Birthday.
The best advice from your mother? Love and help people if you can without looking for payback.
I find my self saying, “Oh, I’m turning into my mother when I …” When I answer the phone and people don’t know I’m not her.