I went to college in Chicago. Living at home and commuting seemed like a more reasonable idea than moving to the city. At the very least, it saved me quite a bit of money.
Before I left to catch my early morning South Shore train to Chicago from Hegewisch on my first day of classes, my mom jokingly told me I had one opportunity to sleep past my train stop. One chance for her to drive off to wherever it was I had gotten myself stranded to pick me up and bring me home. She'd laugh and remind me of this periodically throughout my four years in college.
Needless to say, I never slept past my stop. I kind of made it my mission. I always woke up by the time the train reached Kensington. By the end of my college career, I told her I was just going to take a joyride out to South Bend and she could meet me there.
The point of this little anecdote is I knew she'd come rescue me. Much like the time she captured a rambunctious cricket under a pot in the kitchen when I was a kid. But that's a different, funnier story for later.
Now we want to hear your story. NWI Communities is hosting a Mother's Day Contest. Like last year, all you need to do is submit an essay about why your mom is the greatest along with a photo to Celebrate@nwi.com. The winner will receive some pretty awesome prizes including two tickets to Fashion on the Shore in St. Joe, Michigan on May 9, a professional photo package with Times photographer Tony Martin along with an oversize glossy canvas print of your favorite image, and at $25 gift certificate for Friday Night Dinners at the Halls of St. George in Schererville.
Don't be shy, start bragging about your mom now!
- Essays should be 200 words or less
- Don’t forget to add your names, cities you live in, email address and contact number
- Be sure to also send us a photo of you and your mom
- Email entries to Celebrate@nwi.com
- All entries are due by May 5 at 5 p.m.