Steffie drove home last night. College is over for year one.
She had been car-less (as opposed to careless) until last weekend when I removed the back seats and gave her the keys.
The car, actually a compact SUV, was packed to the gills. There was a TV, VCR, DVD player, printers, laptop, clothes, and 6 cases of Gatorade¹. Everything was arranged so the windows weren’t blocked.
Someone needs to do a study to find out how much, if any, laundry is done on college campuses during the last few weeks of a semester.
After a year in an environment where she could come and go as she pleased, and when she pleased, Stef is back under the lock and key that is parental guidance. I suspect there will be some conflict – hopefully minor.
It’s not only Steffie who has lived a different life. Helaine and I adjusted too, as we became ’empty nesters.’
Can we live together in harmony? Isn’t that the question asked by every family under these circumstances?
To quote my weatherman self, I am cautiously optimistic. Steffie has lived under her own rules, but she’s also learned to live with others who won’t forgive her just because she’s their child.
It will be an interesting summer. Hopefully, it will also be a happy summer.
¹ – At the end of the semester, any remaining money on your meal plan is lost. So, Steffie filled up with Gatorade. Though she bought by the case, the school charged by the bottle. It’s still better than the money totally going to waste.