So Much For Downsizing
Sending your child off to college for the first time isn't easy, especially when they seem to be taking half of your house with them. When my daughter was ready to leave the nest, I found myself hovering over her like a humming bird. I resisted the urge to ask… “Do you really have room for that?” or “Are you sure you don’t want to take this with you?”
Numerous trips to the store led to us purchasing a Futon, desk chair, refrigerator and microwave. That didn’t even include the bedding, bath and desk accessories.
As my husband grumbled about “where in the heck” she was going to put it all, I was busy finding places to store everything until school started. Reflecting back on how small my college dorm room was I felt myself having a panic attack trying to imagine where she would stash all this stuff.
Move-in day arrived and after endless trips to the car, her room appeared stripped clean with our two vehicles fully loaded. Somehow she and her roommate managed to find a place with for everything. This included bins filled with comfort snack foods for those nights when she couldn’t face dorm food again or was pulling all night study secessions.
This is now her second summer at home. Everything she took to college in the fall has multiplied twofold. While it took two vehicles to move her into her dorm, it almost required a moving van to bring her stuff home. I looked the other way when there were insurmountable drifts of clothes all over her room. Alas, my half of the garage turned into a storage unit for the remainder of her gear.