Maximizing mom time

Once a year here at WSU we like to set aside a special weekend where we can enjoy time with our Coug moms — no matter their shape, size or gender. Some of us have nontraditional families after all!

Our event calendar this year might seem a little overwhelming. WSU is hosting concerts, the Arts and Crafts Fair, Clinique makeovers, portraits, special shopping deals at various local retailers, kayak trips, Zumba, CrossFit and a ton of other cultural events.

For those of us who just like to keep it chill, there are also activities like the Tea and Spa event at the Student Recreation Center, mini-golf or perhaps a nice lunch at Birch and Barley.

Maybe even a morning run or walk along the Palouse Trail or up Kamiak Butte — fingers crossed the weather cooperates so we can be outside. 

Earlier this week I went and saw “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” — no spoilers but it was a very cute movie; for the first time in a long time I felt my ticket was worth what I paid, just saying. And while I was sitting there watching it, I wished my mom could have been with me.

Since my mom couldn’t make it down this weekend, we met today at the Coeur d’Alene Casino for lunch and had a drink and just talked for a while about our lives. You know, catching up.

Even if your mother or mother figure can’t make it out this weekend, it doesn’t mean you can’t pick up your phone and give them a call or rip your hair out while you try to explain to them how to use Skype. Just kidding.

No matter what you decide to do, it is never too late to pick up the phone and let your mom know how much you love her and all that she has done for you. I can honestly say that as a mom of a 10 year-old, I wonder if I am doing enough for him and if he appreciates the effort I have put into his upbringing.

Just a word to the wise, moms love to be reminded of how they helped you or listened when you needed them. If you grew up without a mom, I am sure there is someone else in your life that has stepped into that role.

Moms just have a special way of knowing, don’t they? Knowing when you are sad or upset, or when you need to talk but don’t feel like it. I didn’t really understand what that was like until I was on the other side and became one.

My kiddo and I are so close, we’re more like siblings than traditional mother/child relationships. We laugh together, watch cartoons, play video games, dance, and play and just are inseparable really. Words don’t really do it justice.

However, if your mom is special to you, be sure to tell her this weekend. Our moms do so much thankless work from doing laundry and cooking meals to helping us solve problems; let this weekend be a time to give back and spend some real time getting to know “Mom”.

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!! And remember to get a cab if you all have too much wine!!