I remember when Brad was starting college just a few years ago. I remember the feelings of uncertainty, both for Brad, being the first of our kids to leave home and go to school and for us. We were newbie parents of a college student.
What I don’t remember is much of anything to do with packing. I’m sure that’s because Brad, being a typical boy, probably hauled out a couple of duffel bags a day or so before he left for school and stuffed them with his standard uniform of shorts, jeans, t-shirts and sweatshirts. Voilà. Done. Ready to go.
Girls are so different. As Kacey prepares for her first year of college, I realize just how very different this experience is for a girl.
It started with lists. First she collected lists of necessary items for college life. She found these lists online, in magazines, and free for the taking in various department stores. Then there was the personalized list she created while helping a friend pack for her college departure. This list included things like “coffee mug,” “Febreeze” and “smell goods.”
Then the process began. Packing for college, for Kacey, has definitely been a process. Her room is small as it is, and has grown smaller as a pile of various items began to take up much of the precious space. Now that Brad has moved out again, Kacey considers his room to be fair game. The packing is now being organized all over Brad’s bed, dresser and floor.
I’ve seen the dorm rooms and I’m seriously beginning to wonder how all this stuff is going to fit inside, especially when Kacey can only lay claim to half of the room! Half of it belongs to her new roommate! And between these two girls, they’ll have all the comforts of home. They’ve been communicating via FaceBook to make sure they have all their bases covered. They’ll have all the usual necessities like a refrigerator, microwave, t.v. and DVD player. They’re each bringing a butterfly chair. Kacey is bringing a portable ironing board and an iron. I told Kacey I was drawing the line at a coffee-maker. I said I thought she could live without one. As it turns out, the roommate, much to Kacey’s delight, is bringing a coffee-maker!
There is bedding and there are towels. There’s a fan and a power cord. And there are all those incidentals that just go along with being a girl! SO much stuff!
Oh, and did I mention the great robe search? We don’t wear robes around this house. Most everyone sleeps in sweats and t-shirts. But in a college dorm, a robe might come in handy when traveling to and from the showers. I had no idea how hard it was going to be to find a robe. When Kacey finally found one she liked, I refused to buy it. I wasn’t ready to spend sixty dollars on something I wasn’t even sure she’d wear. Today I managed to find one with a reasonable price tag and that meets with her approval. It’s fluffy and soft and I sure hope she actually wears the thing after that effort!
So she’s almost ready to go. I’ll never be really ready for her to go but it’s gong to happen. She’s excited and only a little bit nervous. And the fact that she’s so excited helps me to be less sad about saying goodbye for a while.