Mommie Dearest

"When I discovered an enormous box in the attic of every single thing I'd ever written -- from preschool poems to college newspaper stories (including one about a math colloquium) to magazine pieces." -- Jenny Everett, senior fitness editor

"The first time I used the toilet, my mom bought me 'big boy' Underoos. I was almost 3 and never wore a diaper again." -- Jay Ehrlich, Web editor

"When she bought 800 copies of the very first book I ever wrote and peddled them around town as if they were Girl Scout cookies." -- Kristina Grish, contributing editor

"When an op-ed piece I wrote on Title IX ran in her local paper in Hudson, New York -- which probably has a circulation of about 5,000. She was over the moon!" -- Tina Johnson, editor-in-chief

"When I won the spelling bee in third grade and went on to the citywide competition. I was so nervous beforehand that I puked. And I lost on the word 'cellar.' But she was proud." -- Byrd Schas, senior editor

"When I overheard her telling a friend that I was a sex editor and my sister was writing her master's thesis on prostitution. I thought she'd be scandalized, but she was beaming." -- Leah Flickinger, senior editor

"When I got my first big-time magazine job, my mom asked me if people recognized me on the street. She was so impressed with what I do that she thought I was a celebrity!" -- Liesa Goins, senior editor

"In seventh grade, when I decided to go against what my friends were doing and sign up for field hockey instead of cheerleading. She didn't say anything more than 'good for you,' but I could see it in her eyes." -- Andrea Verdone, deputy photo editor

"She never found her true passion, so she was really proud of me when I transferred from Boston University and a 'safe' major (advertising) to pursue fashion design at the University of North Texas." -- Inessah Selditz, assistant fashion editor

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