Moms. Can't live with 'em (forever), can't spawn without 'em.
Whether the mother in your life is a self-professed geek or an enabler who made you the geek you are today, she's helped shape a future generation--and we'd like to hear her story.
This Mother's Day, we've partnered with GeekMom to put together a $1,000 ThinkGeek Shopping spree and prize pack for the most deserving mother we can find. We need your help in the search!
To enter an exemplary mother into our GeekMom contest, write up a short essay in ~1,500 characters or less explaining how she earned a place in your heart... and a big pile of awesome stuff from us.
Speaking of, let's get to the Grand Prize loot:
- $1,000 ThinkGeek Shopping Spree
- A prize pack from GeekMom, including: a GeekMom t-shirt; BiKN finder app and RFID tags; one year web hosting with SkookumMonkey.com; Behringer U-Phono 202, a USB interface for turntables and cassettes; iZON Remote Room Monitor; Wahoo Fitness Pack to turn an iPhone into a personal trainer; the Zero1: VooMote Zapper that transforms an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad into a universal remote; a surprise sampling of trade paperbacks from Marvel Entertainment; a year's backup subscription to CrashPlan.com; a handcrafted Secret Scents™ Perfume Locket by GeekMom Brigid Ashwood; From the Mundane to the Insane: A Wonderful Journey Without a Destination, a PDF and audiobook by GeekMom Jules; Dinah of Seneca & Eagle of Seneca novels by GeekMom Corrina Lawson; and Live for Darien, GeekMom Rebecca Angel's album.
We'll also award 5 honorable mentions with:
- GeekMom t-shirt and one of the following: Crystal Cube Firejewel Necklace, R/C Metal Gyro Copter, Duck Tea Infuser, Edible Hibiscus Flowers, and Rubik's Cube Coasters.
Looking for terms and conditions? We have those, too.
Our GeekMom Winners
And here are our winners! A note on our methodology: We received over 500 entries, each written as a homage to over 500 amazing moms, and each of them deserved to win--so choosing our top picks was extremely difficult.
In the end, we chose our winners at random from amongst the top pool of essays. Thanks to everyone for their inspiring entries, and please wish your GeekMoms a very happy Mother's Day on our behalf!
Winner of $1,000 ThinkGeek Shopping Spree and GeekMom prize pack:
My name is Colin, and my mother, Deborah H., is my biggest inspiration in life. She is a huge geek, just like me. We have always been a tight family--just me, mom and dad, and my brother, Casey. Casey has autism.
When I learned that Casey had autism (I was around 4 or 5), I thought that there was something "wrong" with him. Casey doesn't always do too well in social situations, and his brain works differently than that of a normal person (a concept that has always fascinated me). Little did I know, he would make me become a better person. Casey has taught me to appreciate people for their differences, to triumph in the face of adversity, to pursue the impossible, all with an unrelenting passion. I would not be the person I am now if it were not for Casey. Furthermore, through all the struggles of raising an autistic child, my mom maintained her compassion and vigor for life. She has always been understanding of his needs, while making sure I understood exactly why my brother was who he was.
Casey is a year and a half older than me, so I have always looked up to him with the utmost respect and admiration. Seeing my mom treat him the same way has formed an inseparable bond between my mother and I. In speaking to other siblings of autistic children, many have confided in me that they often feel neglected, that their autistic sibling gets all the attention. I never felt that way. My mother always managed to give Casey the special attention he needed, without forgetting that I needed nurturing too.
I love my GeekMom. I love Casey. And most of all, I love what both of them have done for me. Getting this shopping spree for my mom would mean the world to me.
--Colin H., on his GeekMom
5 Honorable Mentions
Winners of GeekMom t-shirts and a little something extra, in no particular order:
My name is Teddy. I'm 7 years old. I'm in the first grade. My Mom is Kate. She works on the computer all day (click click click). My Mom has a place in my heart because she is AWESOME. She lets me use her computer and she reads Percy Jackson and Harry Potter with me and plays Harry Potter Lego with me. We like to play math facts and word math at night before bed. Sometimes we do alphabet games too--like Greek (Agamemnon, Bacchus, Cerberus, Dionysus) or Harry Potter (Arthur, Bellatrix, Charms, Diggory).
She is also a good pillow and a great snuggler.
Mom doesn't play too many Nintendo games unless I need help getting by Filch or something. We like to play Angry Birds too, but I'm better at the cave levels than Mom is. We play Qwirkle, but that's not on a computer or a phone or the iPad. It's in a bag until we take it out. We also do puzzles together, mostly Star Wars and the Solar System, and sometimes Super Heroes. Mom volunteers at the school library every week because she loves books almost as much as she loves me.
Sometimes Mom helps me with my Legos, but I don't need help very often. Some of my favorite Lego sets are the Millennium Falcon and Hogwarts and The Burrow.
p.s. Peter is my Dad. [Ed. Teddy used his dad's email address to enter, so he's explaining why.] I don't have an email address. Mom says I'm not old enough even though she does email all day and that's not really fair. But she's still awesome.
--Teddy, on his GeekMom
When I dress up in a Star Trek T-shirt dress for a convention, you are right there beside me, engineer red back to back with my science blue. When we sit down to watch DS9 reruns, there you are in your inflatable Captain's chair, right next to mine. When we transfer files, I plug them into the Tardis hub that you gave me. When we lay down for the night, we swap comics from the library you built into the headboard of our bed.
We raise the little ones right, weaning them on stories of weast wars and the final frontier, of adventures across the eight dimension and law enforcement in old Detroit. We watch the little ponies play, then show them how to master the universe. We teach them that robots can be disguised, and that the dark knight is hard but fair. We teach them to believe that a man can fly, and that our greatest adventure was when we left earth.
In all of this, you are patient, kind and always enthusiastic, because you are sharing your love for these things with the next generation. And it is that love that is contagious, because they in turn have come to love these things as well. And in turn, I love you for it all the more.
To my GeekMom, my Wendie, the light of my life. My partner in crime, my reliable engineer, my Wonder Woman, my companion, my best friend, and the calm voice of reason in my universe. I love you, and today is your day.
Where shall we go? Name the destination, and we'll go there together. Warp factor seven!
--Sabrina P., to her significant other
So my mom is probably the greatest influence on my geek life, being a huge Star Trek geek (along with many other great Sc-Fi/Fantasy franchises) she has turned me into the Star Wars geek I am today! We would always make a point to go see all the great movies as a family (Until recently I don't think we have missed seeing a single, Star Trek, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Pirates... Well you get the picture!). She also taught me to take pride in my geekiness, from making my own costumes/props (many of which I've been asked "where did you buy that?") to taking for hours about the latest SyFy series or finding any opportunity to display my geek pride in public (Yes I do have a Star Wars tat (Mandalorian), and yes, she did encourage it! LOL)! The real reason I am writing this is because a little over a year ago my parents lost their home to a fire and my mother lost alot of her memorabilia (along with the rest of my family that was still living at home) much of which cannot be replaced, she was actually able to save a few things (like an original Rancor monster still in the box! and a few of her Star Trek Collectables) but many of them were beyond saving. At least this way maybe she can replace some of the things lost that the insurance can't pay for. This would be the greatest Geek Mom's day if she won!
--Jon F., on his GeekMom
My mother is an enormous geek. I absolutely love her. I love how she pre-orders special edition games six months in advance. I love when she finds awesome new phone apps to show me. I love hearing her talk about Alistair from Dragon Age like he's a real person. I love when she tapes an entire season of Doctor Who on TiVo, even when space runs out and my episodes of Cupcake Wars get deleted to make room. I love getting home from work to find her on the couch hogging the X-Box. I love getting into screaming matches over who gets to play Mass Effect 3 first. I love when she spoils the endings to the new J.J. Abrams film that I was f*#@ing dying to see. I love drinking myself to sleep because the sounds of explosions coming from the living room TV are keeping me awake. I love opening the fridge and seeing no real food, just sixteen cases of fake TruBlood.
I love rooting through drawers and finding tiny lightsabers and sonic screwdrivers but not a single f*#@ing pen. Not a SINGLE PEN. IN THE ENTIRE HOUSE. WHERE ARE THE PENS, MOM? DO YOU REALLY NEED LIGHTSABER CHOPSTICKS IN EVERY COLOR? OH YEAH, GREAT, YOU BOUGHT A BATARANG. HOW ABOUT MAKING SOME DINNER FOR ONCE, MOM?!
--Julie D., on her GeekMom (humorously, we hope)
My mom died when I was just a 6 year old girl, my loving Grandmother was the one who took over care for me. She was not only my nerd enabler, she was the one who started it! She taught me how to play D&D when I was 7 years old and gave me all of her old Dragonlance, Forgotten Realms, and Xanth books (she also taught me how to read when I was 3).
She made sure I had a healthy love for classic rock and action movies (her favorite Christmas movie is Die Hard). When I got older I introduced her to videogames such as Baldurs Gate and Champions of Norrath for the PS2, when we'd need to leave for school she'd tell me to wait til she got to a save point :p There are many other reasons why my Grandma is the coolest person in the world, but there isn't enough time in the verse to go into it. I now work for a miniature war gaming company surrounded by nerdery with a comic book tattoo that she helped pick out. She couldn't be more proud of how I turned out.
Most young girls are encouraged to be "princesses" and play with Barbies. My Grandma made sure that I knew that I could be the one that rescues those princesses with imagination and love <3
--Anna A., on her GeekGrandmom