“To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.”
It is oftentimes difficult to put into words what the women who raised us mean to us. They are the women that we would not let go of on the first day of preschool, that we gave a hard time in middle school, that we said we would never be like in high school, and the women that we realize we so desperately want to become today. They are our mothers; and they are the ones who scream into the phone with us when we get the job, hold our hands when life disappoints us, and fearlessly guide us into the future even when we want to stay a kid forever. Chi Omega celebrates our mothers on Mom’s Day each year, but to say that one day is enough to celebrate the women that gave us our lives would be a huge mistake.
This year, we celebrated our Mom’s Day in April to show our mothers how much we love and care about them. We hosted a brunch at the Sheraton in downtown Iowa City, complete with a silent auction and Senior Farewells. Saturday night brought a night out on the town for the mother-daughter pairs, which never fails to be talked about for the remainder of the year. Mothers came in from all across the country to join us on this special weekend and we could not have had a better time.
As we are all reflections on each other as Chi Omegas, we are first and foremost reflections of our mothers. We love the women that raised us and we can only hope to emulate their beautiful spirits and kind souls to become half the women that they are.
Though impossible to fit onto a page, below are a few words about what our mothers mean to us.
My mom loved coming to Mom's day. Not only did she see how much work we put into making the best day possible for our moms, but she saw how many wonderful women I chose to surround myself with. What impressed her the most was meeting my "wonderful lovely friends". She and I went and got pedicures Saturday after brunch and enjoyed having a sleepover in the hotel.
-Megan Crotts, Class of 2021
"The Mom's Day Brunch is always one of my favorite Chi O events. Not only do we spend a beautiful morning with our mothers, we also get to raise money for Make A Wish in the process! The weather was absolutely gorgeous this year, so my mom and I walked around campus after the brunch. We went into a couple of the boutiques in Iowa City and just talked and caught up with each other. It's so sad to know I only have one Mom's Day left!"
-Kayln Hugdahl, Class of 2018
I love my mom because what's not to love? She is always there for me when I need her and is my number one fan. My mom has the biggest heart and I don't know what I'd do without her.
-Heidi Swanson, Class of 2019
To all of our mothers, we thank you and we salute you. Raising us was not an easy task, but you did it with beauty and grace and inspiration. We thank you for sending us to The University of Iowa, where we were allowed to meet each other and we thank you for encouraging us to become Chi Omegas, where we made each other our sisters. For making us into dreamers, believers, go-getters, philanthropists, and sisters: thank you.