I did it!! I made it through dropping my son, Bryan, off at college for the second year, and I didn’t cry near as much this time :). Don’t get me wrong – it was still really hard, but now that he is familiar with the school and the area and is used to driving in the city, a lot of my worries have been lessened greatly. I miss him and love him with all my heart, that never changes, but after his first day of classes today in his new course he seems really excited about the year ahead, and that makes me a very happy and relieved mom!
On Sunday we got up bright and early, packed the truck and the cars and drove an hour and a half to Kitchener, Ontario. The cars were lined up down the road in front of his residence, but it was quite well organized, and before we knew it we were in and had him all unpacked and set up. On our numerous trips out to the parking lot to grab more boxes, I kept noticing the rising level of the dumpsters out back, and although this is not a spectacular photo by any means, it makes me giggle every time I look at it. To me, this is just a perfect symbol of the start of college life. I would love to know who is responsible for breaking down all of these boxes and filling the dumpster properly so that the truck can actually take the garbage away. I would also love to see the same dumpster about a week from now because I’m sure the contents will be quite different. It will probably be overflowing with beer and liquor bottles LOL!
After Bryan’s room was all set up, we headed off to the grocery store. We always look after his first grocery bill since it is the biggest, but this year we knew better than to suggest healthy food because honestly, it’s just hopeless. Last year we left him with a fridge and freezer full of not only the common staples of a college student like frozen dinners, pop, and icecream, but also a selection of fruit and veggies and the ingredients for well balanced dinners. There were even steaks in his freezer, and would you believe that when we picked him up in April to bring him home, those steaks were still in his freezer uneaten?? So, this year I just told him to pick what he knew he would definitely eat. That consisted of pizza pockets, bagel bites, pizza, icecream, pop, chips, Kraft Dinner, more pizza pockets, cookies, more pizza pockets, and the one and only healthy item – yogurt tubes LOL!!! Plus he has McDonald’s and Tim Horton’s right across the street and Pizza Pizza and Subway not far down the road. It’s a really good thing that he’s as skinny as a rail isn’t it? Oh well, I filled him full of fruit and veggies this summer whenever I could, so I guess it won’t hurt him for a few months :).
Anyway, I hope you get as much of a chuckle out of this photo as I do. Maybe it might even bring back some funny memories of your own.