Thank You Mom

Thank You Mom

May 12
Kelsey Litchfield, ACES Communications & Marketing
  

Most people cannot wait to get away from their parents when they go to college. At the start of my freshman year, I was excited to be two hours away from home but nervous because I was going to be two hours away from home.  I didn’t have a car so I couldn’t go home every weekend. However, no matter the distance, one thing stayed consistent in my life and that was my family, more specifically my mom. 

Whether it was a quick text asking how my day went or a Facebook message telling me about my cat’s shenanigans at home, there was rarely a day we went without communicating. These little correspondences comforted me and I knew I could continue on at school while being over 100 miles away from home. I don’t know what I would have done if it wasn’t for technology. Cellphones and the Internet have made it possible for my mom and I to keep in touch throughout the busyness of our lives. 

Every spring, my mom makes the trip down to U of I for Mom’s Weekend. This year, we went to the flower show, Alto Vineyards, and hung out with the other 4-H House moms. It was by far my favorite weekend of the year besides Dad’s Weekend. I truly treasure those moments, as my time at the University of Illinois is almost done. 

With Mother’s Day approaching this weekend, I look back on the past four years and reflect on how our relationship has grown stronger. College is a time where you figure out who you are, your values, and what you are passionate about.  My mom influenced all of these characteristics and is a dominant role model in my life. I know I will always be able to confide in her. Not only is she my mom, but my best friend. 

I could go on and on about my mom and how thankful I am of her support. No matter what season of life it is, I know I can count on her.  

So, thank you Mom. You helped me accomplish my dream of becoming an Illini and now I am graduating.

I hope this is the best Mother’s Day present yet. 

Kelsey and Mom