The Best Day

The Best Day

Apr 9
Ellen Reeder, Senior in ACES

I’m not a huge Taylor Swift fan by any means, but her song “The Best Day” is one of my favorites. This song makes me think of my wonderful childhood and how fortunate I am to have parents who support me in everything I do. I truly believe that days spent with family are the best days, which is why I am looking forward to this weekend on the University of Illinois campus. It’s Mom’s Weekend!

Mom’s weekend means lots of things: the ACES student awards banquet, the Horticulture Club’s flower show, shopping, the Sigma Alpha breakfast, dinner with my friends and their moms, and so much more! Most importantly, it means that I get to spend the entire weekend with my mom on this campus that I love so much. I’m the youngest of six kids and I am the only one that attended the University of Illinois so these past few years of Mom’s and Dad’s weekends have been full of new adventures.

A lot of people think that when you move away to college you become disconnected from your family except during vacation time and holidays. It’s really quite opposite. Moving away to college provides new opportunities to share your home away from home with your family on special weekends like this one. After all, “The family is like that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape, nor, in our inmost hearts, ever quite wish to.” – Dodie Smith

Ellen Reeder and her mom