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Sunday, May 07, 2006

Good News, Bad News



If you've got a high school student in your house, there's a good chance that they'll go to college. This will be both great and difficult for both of you. But, eventually, you'll adjust. The good news is that they do come home. You'll welcome them with open arms. I don't want to scare you, but the bad news is that they'll also bring laundry. Lots and lots and lots of laundry. Oh, and I haven't shown you the photo of everything else that he brought home. That would be WAY too frightening.

20 Comments:

At 10:46 AM , Anonymous surcie said...

I did that. . . but at least I washed it myself. When my boy goes off to kindergarten it's going to kill me. College? Noooooo!

 
At 10:46 AM , Blogger Rene said...

I remember coming home from college with my luggage stuffed with laundry. I also remember my mom's expression when she asked why I didn't do the dishes in the sink and I explained I did mine. No teenagers yet, I just finally potty trained the last one.

Here from Michele's.

 
At 11:37 AM , Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

LOL, LOL...I just read a post over at Sarcasmom about an IRON that I never heard of before..a ROWENTA?? It is quite expensive on Amazon...SOOO expensive that one hopes it comes withthe person that iron's!!! How do you do it? Did he save it all up for weeks and weeks? LOL!

Here from Michele today...and you have your work cut out for you...!

 
At 12:48 PM , Blogger Carmi said...

There are days that I'm tempted to chuck the laungry in the garbage and buy them all new clothes.

When I win the lottery...

:)

 
At 1:39 PM , Anonymous Claire said...

Enjoy having him home!! I'm sure you'll miss all that laundry when he's gone again!

 
At 1:50 PM , Blogger mar said...

Isn't that something to look forward to? *sigh* guess what's in my future! but can't live without them! thanks for a big smile!

 
At 3:30 PM , Blogger Juliabohemian said...

that reminds me of when we would come home from camp would a giant garbage bag of dirty clothing.

my husband took our clothes to his mom's to wash for the first 4 years we were married -rather than use the horrible machines at our apt complex. He did the wash though, not her. still...

 
At 8:16 PM , Anonymous colleen said...

Got some laundry to do? I hope you all enjoy eachother. hello from michele's.

 
At 8:18 PM , Blogger utenzi said...

You have my sympathy, Karen. Children are a lot of work!

 
At 5:50 AM , Blogger Star said...

Been there 3 times over. They wore aout a washer and a dryer by overstuffing them with clothes.

 
At 2:12 PM , Blogger kenju said...

Been there, remember that. Don't do it anymore!

 
At 2:15 PM , Blogger Zephra said...

I have heard of this happening. My child is going to be sadly disappointed though when he realized I ain't doing it...

 
At 5:57 AM , Blogger Sandy said...

I remember, very clearly, saving all my laudry up the last few weeks of school so I could just wash it at home. I mean really, we're talking about quarter preservation. Do you know how much you can buy with those things? ;)

Here by way of Michele today.

 
At 12:02 PM , Blogger Jess Riley said...

My mom still asks my brother to bring his laundry home so she can wash & fold it all. He graduated from college last summer and has been working as a teacher out of state for over a year now. So of course I tease her mercilessly about it. (Secretly, I'm just jealous she never asked to do MY laundry. LOL!)

 
At 6:54 AM , Blogger Leslie Shelor said...

Yep, laundry and children return home just like the robins in spring!

Here from Michele, hello!

 
At 1:50 PM , Blogger srp said...

Here from Michele.
I bought the girl home from college yesterday. My plan... go and get the bicycle and the rug that won't fit in her car and leisurely have lunch at Olive Garden.

The reality... where did all this come from? We really brought all this last fall? Oh, yeah. I forgot about the refrigerator, microwave, dehumidifier, book case, printer and all those things. Where did all these steps come from? Where is the elevator? Oh, there never was one. Why didn't I take the back seats out of the van? How many more trips up do I have to make? Is it all going to fit? Where are we going to put it when we get back to the house? You are NOT thinking of taking all this back up here for a summer session in 19 days?

The result: We now have major revamping to do, loads of laundry, fights over minimalizing the summer stuff, one major headache and calf muscles that go into spasm when they just see a step.

It is good to know others feel the pain. You would not believe how many parents I saw yesterday "having words" with each other and their kids. Ah, the joys of collegehood.

 
At 10:36 PM , Blogger Just a trumpet player said...

*giggles** 4 of us left for college at about the same time ; I remember my mom's frightened expression when we would all come back for the holidays...

Michele sent me !

 
At 10:42 PM , Blogger margalit said...

Around here, the colleges offer laundry service and maid service. You sign up for each semester and the fairies come and pick up your laundry, do it, bring it back to your dorm room all folded, and all you have to do is "put it away". They also offer cleaning services to keep the dorm rooms shipshape.

Quite different than when I was in college, where I did my own laundry and cleaned my room occasionally all by myself.

We've got a family friend coming to Boston next year for college and I've already told him our laundry is open for business. he can come once a week, get a home cooked meal, and do his wash. Every kid needs a stopping off place like this, huh?

Here via Michele

 
At 7:14 PM , Anonymous Grins said...

My son is a junior in high school and you are scaring me. If he goes out of state to school does this still apply? Help! Here via Michele today.

 
At 12:43 PM , Anonymous Maryanne said...

I know this pile, I had a dozen or so just like it. I wonder how much was still left in the car. I love it when they come home, but sometimes I wish we could just rent a storage unit and drop their stuff off. The thing that amazes me is how much more stuff they somehow accumulate while they are gone. Where do they get it all. Wish I were there to help.

 

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