The Nest Reality
We are more than mid-way through the month of July and summer is quickly going. Too quickly! As usual, I'm not sure where the time is going, but the reality of what's coming is slapping me in the face.
Yesterday my son got his room
assignment and the name of his roommate. In all honesty, the reason WE
knew is because my husband and I attended a college webinar (my son DID NOT,
but should have, and he WILL be attending next Wednesday nights which focuses
on living on campus) and they mentioned that students had been emailed their
room assignments. So, when he got home from his "date" with his
girlfriend, we had him check his email and there it was!
So the exciting news is that he
will be living on the 13th floor of the dorm that houses (mostly) freshman (I believe)
and that his room SHOULD have a harbor view. (As someone pointed out the
view from across the river is better than the view you get from NYC. You
are LOOKING at the city. Or maybe you're looking at Brooklyn?) Being on
the top floor of the building, I'm guessing, means that the view will be unobscured.
What's not so cool is the move
in time. They have a lot of students to move into the 13 floors (?)
building and students are loaded in from top to bottom. (Which makes
sense.) Since my son is on the top floor, he is in the first move in
block, with the plan that all residents are moved in by noon. The "time window" for the 13th
floor? 6:45-7:15 AM! YIKES!
Now for me, this is not too
much of a problem. I'm an early riser. (You already knew that
right?) My husband can deal with it. My son? Teen boy moving
in at 6:45 in the morning? This is NOT going to be pretty.
In all honesty, this is
probably a good thing and isn't too much of a hardship on us. We live
about an hour away from campus and at that hour in the morning the NJ Turnpike
shouldn't be too bad. We may even make it in record time. (Have I
just jinxed myself by saying that? Have I condemned myself to traffic
jams on the Turnpike and 278?) I can see us being there AHEAD of
time. (Will my son be mortified if we are the first to arrive?)
Additionally, knowing my son
(and based on our experience when he went to summer camp), once he's in, he'll
probably want us out. While I know there are parent events (including a
"happy" hour late in the date), I have a feeling that he will be
pushing us out the door. (And I'm NOT going to want to go.) As much
as I would like to hover on campus, we will probably be one of the first to
leave. (Can I hide a spy camera in his t -shirt so I can see exactly how
the first day unfolds? I'm kidding! I'm kidding! I'm
This email from college hits
home how little time we have left and how unprepared I feel we are.
Months ago we ordered (and received) room essentials (bedding, towels,
etc.). They are sitting in a box in our sun parlor. (So that it
should be easy to load into the car). But what about all the other
"little" things? What does he need? What did I take with me to
college? (Is that even relevant today?) With everything that's been
going on, we (I) haven't been focused on this. What do we need?
What do we need to do? We haven't even gotten our son a new laptop!
(His Chromebook is not going to cut it.) We DO have plans to do that this
weekend. I'm starting to panic (and it doesn't take much to make me
panic). I am the organized one; my son is NOT. (This is something
I'm hoping he will FINALLY learn.) Lists need to be made. Plans
need to be made. We need to get ready! We need to BE ready! I
don't want to be running to Target on move in day.
Okay, so now I AM
panicking! Talk me down! Talk me down! There are only 35 days
till move in.
Deep breath. I know this
will be all right. I know this will work out, but it's so much easier to
PANIC! Soon my husband and I will be living in a new reality and my son
will have his own nest. It's a wonderful rite of passage, but it's also
nerve wracking and scary. (And not just for my son!) Deep
breath. DEEP breath!
Stay tuned for updates and more
news as we race towards move in day!