Holidaze: Moms in the big house!

Holidays bring really dopey story assignments from editors desperate to fill the newspaper. But, hey: ‘Tis the season, right?

I plead guilty! Yours truly recalls the day when he, too, discovered there were women in prison. And some of them had kids! And that meant mothers behind bars — on Mother’s Day! (Frankly, I’m surprised I could only find two Gannett papers heaving that holiday chestnut into print today. Don’t worry: Father’s Day is June 15.)

The News Journal, Wilmington, Del.

The Burlington (Vt.) Free Press

  • Story: Missing mothers
  • Mom: Patience Francis, 31, sold two hunting rifles to a federal agent for $160. Previous legal run-ins included an arrest for repeatedly stealing from a grocery store, plus a DUI. She has at least three kids.
  • Home sweet home: Dale Women’s Facility, Waterbury, Vt.
  • Obligatory cognitive dissonance: Save for the high brick walls and concertina wire, Saturday’s tea party was perfect.
  • Quotable mom: “Nobody told me I was special.”

Was it the assignment to spend Mother’s Day with a mom — who was a man, before her sex-change operation? Use this link to e-mail your worst holiday story assignments; see Tipsters Anonymous Policy in the green sidebar, upper right. Or leave a note, in the comments section, below.

[Images: Susan Hayward, in 1958’s I Want to Live!]

3 Responses to “Holidaze: Moms in the big house!”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Might be interesting to mention what some other Gannett papers did with their Mother’s Day stories. Must be some good angles out there.

  2. Jim Hopkins Says:

    @3:53 p.m. Anytime anyonewants to point me to some of the great work we all know gets done daily across Gannett, LET ME KNOW! (Please.) How else will I have a chance to showcase it on Gannett Blog?

  3. ex c-j Says:

    For good taste, it’s hard to match The Courier-Journal, which had a story on what a great job the HBO series “Big Love” does with that ever-popular Mother’s Day topic: polygamy. Here’s a link:

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