A Taste of College Life

28 Jul

Last night I dropped my 12 year old daughter off at an overnight volleyball camp at a local college. 

We got there right as sign up was beginning so we were able to quickly get her packet and head to her dorm room. 

She was psyched when she walked in.  There were three bunks, three dressers, and three desks in her room.  Since she was the first there, she picked the highest of the beds. 

Her excitement was obvious as she pulled out her sheets and made her bed.  (I know… I about fell over upon seeing it.  At home, it’s like pulling teeth to get her to make her bed.)  Then she went to work filling up her dressers – folding her t-shirts neatly.  Each article of clothing had it’s own spot in the dresser.  The drawers even closed when she was done.  I picked my jaw off the floor… her drawers never close at home.

By this time her roommates had arrived.  They were girls she goes to school with so she knows them well. That’s when I became unneeded.  “You can go now Mom.  I got this.”

“Are you sure?” I replied.  “You know where you need to be tonight?  Remember, you need to turn your form in if you want pizza later.  Keep your dorm key with you.  Did you remember your shampoo?  How about your deoderant?  Do you know where the showers are?  Text me every night, ok?”

“MOM!  I’ll be fine.  You can go.  I promise I will call you.”

So I went.  Yes, I was a little sad, but mostly I was happy for her.  She was having a blast and couldn’t wait to have a little bit of freedom.

When I got home – I went to work immediately cleaning the kitchen.  For 3 days I’m going to be able to have a clean kitchen!!  Woohoo!  No grease stains on the stove from her careless hamburger cooking.  No Pledge accidentally squirted on the floor (seriously, the whole family was slipping and sliding for a week, until it finally rubbed off).  No sticky finger prints on the fridge door, the microwave window, the counter tops.  No pile of pony tail holders, lipgloss, magazines at her eating place. 

No energetic, bubbly, random chats.  No chirpy melody announcing received text messages.  No sweet scented blonde head laying on my lap in the evening, keeping me company during Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives…..

It’s gonna be a long 3 days for me.  Yes, my kitchen will be clean, but I miss her.  I don’t even want to think of the magnitude of sadness I will have when she leaves for college.  Luckily I still have about 5 years before that happens.  So for the next 5 years, I am going to soak up everything about her.  And see beyond her piles of clutter to the sweet, happy-go-lucky, beautiful girl that I am lucky to have in my life.

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Posted by on July 28, 2011 in Family


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3 responses to “A Taste of College Life

  1. Jules

    July 29, 2011 at 1:43 am

    I remember my first away-from-home college camp experience. It was for basketball, and I remember walking into the dorm room and there was nothing there. A bed and a dresser, that’s what I remembered. It seemed so small and empty to me. Of course it got better when my roommate arrived (I think…I don’t remember much about that) but I remember most about how empty the room seemed. Glad your girl got a taste of college life. I think those camps on a college campus can be very beneficial for when you actually go to college and experience it.
    It’s amazing how clean someone can be when they are excited about something 🙂 I’m still being very clean and tidy for the most part in our new house. We’ll see how it is in a few years lol.

  2. Mike

    July 31, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    I’m glad she had a good time. I’m sure it was rough leaving her there. I bet it was a good experience for her, though. From the things I’ve read about her, I’m sure she was able to take care of herself just fine.

  3. territerri

    August 1, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    I remember sending kids off to camp for a week in the summer. I remember how much I missed them too. But they always had SO much fun, that it was worth every minute of missing them for them to be able to build such wonderful memories.

    I’m late to this, so I know she’s back now. Hope she had a GREAT time!


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