Local mom’s the best

2017-06-27 06:01
Zelma Edson (left) from Wynberg, winner of this year’s Clicks Mom of the Year competition, with her eldest daughter Melissa.

Zelma Edson (left) from Wynberg, winner of this year’s Clicks Mom of the Year competition, with her eldest daughter Melissa.

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“A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity; it dates all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.”

Agatha Christie’s words don’t fall short of describing all the mothers who do amazing things for their children and families. Watching a child grow and thrive is the only reward most mothers need, but one super mother from Wynberg has just received some added recognition.

Zelma Edson (49), a single mother of four, won this year’s Clicks Mom of the Year competition and a R10 000 Clicks voucher as first prize.

Edson also received spa vouchers and a hotel stay for her and her eldest daughter, who nominated her.

The competition this year received over 1000 entries, which had to be narrowed down to 10 finalists. Edson was the favourite, as voted by the public.

Edson was nominated by her daughter Melissa (22) for her role as a mother, grandmother and sister.

“I nominated my mother because she is an amazing single mom to her four girls. When we were younger she always made sure we went to bed with full tummies, we were kept clean and bathed at all times and even though she had a full-time job that kept her very busy, she still managed to make the time to sit with each of us in the evening and help us with homework.

“Even though she did not have much to give, my mother always made sure we got what we needed and did the best she could to provide us with the bare necessities of life,” says Melissa.

Edson helped her eldest daughter through her first two years of legal studies at UWC and made sure that Melissa always had enough money to get to and from university.

Just over a year ago Melissa became a mother, making Edson a first-time grandmother.

“We butt heads a lot, but she was there helping me and my daughter when she needed formula or diapers, also looking after my baby every second week as I had to work 11-hour night shifts. She did this with an open heart even though she had my five and eight-year-old little sisters to see to as well,” Melissa says.

Recently, Edson’s 19-year-old daughter, who is pregnant, was diagnosed with cancer. Edson is preparing to look after her daughter’s baby once he is born, as her daughter will still be undergoing chemotherapy after the birth.

After her parents died seven years ago, Edson also took on the responsibility of caring for her older sister who was born with a physical disability and is unable to walk or look after herself. She has developed chronic back pain as a result.

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