Out shopping for a Mother’s Day card this week, I realized that I found the selection somewhat disappointing. All seemed to be along the lines of the Martyrdom of Motherhood variety — you know the themes, thanks for giving everything to us and nothing to yourself, pastels and flowers, etc. I was looking for one more like, “Hey Mom, I think it’s neat you’re a bad ass“. Of course my mom did all the traditional things you associate with motherhood for us. We don’t call her the MacGyver of Motherhood for nothing– she can cook, knit, build, sew, repair, finagle or haggle for anything you need. She is not, however, a booboo kisser (thanks Dad for picking up the slack in that area). Her many talents would require an additional post.
Here at Move It Media, we celebrate Natural Born Movers®, so I thought it would be a good time to check in with Mom about her athletic endeavors. I had to schedule an interview as she has a full day of college courses on the day I tried to connect. She typically takes a few courses each semester and loves to joke that her GPA is so high because she was “sleeping with the Dean” (that’s my Dad by the way, now retired–and he will be mortified that I wrote that, but it’s Mother’s Day, not Father’s Day, and she will love it).
What’s your course load this semester?:
6 credits — Yoga, Pilates, Water exercise, and Ceramics. (editor’s note: what are you doing talking to me–isn’t this finals week? Get studying!)
Tell us about your upcoming cycling trip:
This summer I’ll be riding a self-contained bicycle trip with my sister, Janie. We’ll be some senior ladies out on the road. We plan to leave from Lansing then head west to Ludington. We’ll take the ferry across Lake Michigan, turn north and head up through Wisconsin. Head east across the UP, cross the Mackinac Bridge and head back down the state to Lansing–about 1500 miles. We are planning to travel for 5 weeks, camping along the way. We could do it in a much shorter time, but there are several breweries we want to hit. Who knows, we may never get out of Michigan.
Since this is a Mother’s Day post, what do you think your mom would think of that?:
I think she would be excited about it. She wouldn’t do something like that, but she’d support us doing it. She would be absolutely excited to see us doing it together. She wanted to live long enough to see us getting along, which she did.
What’s your favorite cycling trip you’ve done?:
My favorite was from Baytown, TX to Sault Ste. Marie Michigan. Turned out to be 2400 miles. Along the way we saw great stuff Natchez Trace Mississippi — loved the great roads and history in that area. We rode to Owosso, MI for my 50th high school class reunion along the way. Then we hooked up with the DALMAC ride to get from Lansing to Sault Ste. Marie. I’d been planning to do a cross country ride from East to West (of the U.S) and it got cancelled, so we made this one up. (editor’s note: read about that trip here).
What made you get into cycling:
I’ve always had a bicycle. One time your Dad thought that I should be riding and he bought me a bike and we just did casual rides. I was out riding my bike and I was challenged by Dr. Tom Seabourne at Northeast Texas College to do the Texas Chain Ring Challenge. That was my first organized ride. I started tour cycling at age 53. I went on the ride and loved it. I’m 73 now. I plan to ride as long as I can.
Does it bother you that one of your sons-in-law (the Swede, not the Aussie) calls you the L Train?:
Haha, no. Only the people that care about you give you nicknames. I don’t like it when he calls me LoLo, but it’s still polite, just don’t care for it.
Happy Mother’s Day, Mom. It’s neat that you’re a bad ass.