Our family left early (for me) this morning and headed back to college. Helaine and Stef drove direct in Stef’s little SUV. I stopped at Dunkin’ Donuts and waited behind a half dozen breakfast seekers before continuing¹ in Helaine’s bigger SUV. I caught up to them as we were about to turn onto campus! The lord works in mysterious ways.
Once again Stef is in a single. Did they even have these when I was in school (not that I didn’t enjoy rooming with Dan Weston of Jericho, NY–wonder where he is now?).
We corralled a huge orange wheeled bin, like the kind you’d find carrying bedding around in an industrial laundry, and pushed the first load to the elevator and tenth floor. We opened the door and found a combination refrigerator/microwave along with sparse industrial dorm furniture.
This year Stef has an elevated bed. Think bunk beds, but only the upper. That leaves a huge amount of space under the bed for storage. On top of that Helaine found cantilevered hangers, opening up room in the freestanding hanging closet.
As Stef and I retrieved more loads from the cars, Helaine unpacked and organized everything. Poor Steffie has my organizational skills. How long will Helaine’s mastery of placement last?
After lunch, Helaine and I headed home. I drove the first 30 minutes then pulled to the side and let her take over while I slept. I suspect Stef was back in the dorm room napping herself.
Stef will appreciate a return to her friends and the removal of our oversight. Maybe at age 21 it’s time for us to stop questioning where she is and when. It’s tough to let go. We mean well. Is it possible for your child to understand “child” is ageless?
This is it. Final year before the real world. It has to be exciting and scary all at once.
¹ – As Dunkin’ Donuts adds more food that is custom prepared, wait times have increased. I have walked in only to walk out without coffee a few times in the past few weeks.