Apparently, there are a bunch of people — parents and students — in serious need of a Physics class these days.
I just got back from picking up My Favorite Domer in South Bend after the end of his First Year of Studies.
To call Moving-Out Day “interesting” would be a gross understatement.
I found I had to laugh or cry. Only an extreme emotion would work for something like this.
First, the weather (typically!) refused to cooperate. PermaCloud hovered overhead as a cold front neared. By mid-afternoon, the wind had kicked up and torrential rains produced huge puddles and spongy ground.
In between the showers, I watched parents and students load up their stuff:
- Somebody was trying to squeeze an overstuffed, full-sized sofa into the back of an SUV (didn’t they measure??)
- Somebody rolled three TVs out on a cart and put ’em in one vehicle (who can watch 3 TVs at once?)
- Somebody wrestled one of those plastic carts with pullout shelves into the bed of a truck
- Somebody hauled out two sets of golf clubs; another had two hockey sticks
- Somebody maneuvered a futon into an SUV (what were they thinking?)
- Somebody bear-hugged a refrigerator all the way out to his car; others hauled armloads of clothing, wheeled executive desk chairs, or hoisted more shelving into trunks
No wonder UPS set up shop nearby to capture the overflow!
No wonder the campus had all sorts of containers available for students to donate to local charities!
No wonder the enterprising youths were “wheeling and dealing” on big-ticket items their comrades couldn’t fit in!
I feel positively impoverished when I recall the amount of “stuff” I took to college, compared to what today’s kids have to have.
Different times, I guess.
But still, even I (who didn’t take Physics) know there’s a finite amount of space in cars, trucks, SUVs, etc. and once that space is filled, the rest of your “crow’s nest” is going to get left behind or shipped home.
Anybody got any tips for how to do this again come Fall Term??
Great story,Deb. You made me feel like I was right back there in my own college days as well as with my children..schlepp,schlepp,schlepp..but three TV’s..now that’s a stretch! Suggestions on the Fall..keep it simple, collapsible,disposable or saleable!
Good idea — simple, collapsible, disposable, or saleable. I’ll have to remember that! Thanks for helping me out!
Grin and bear it, Mom. It ain’t gonna change for a few more years. But I loved your descriptions of what the kids are trying to load, and how they man handle the stuff! Just priceless.
Just a few years, Lynne? Really? I seem to recall my own folks hauling my crow’s nest across state lines for many moons AFTER graduation. Of course, maybe being female had something to do with that, ha!
Ten dollars says that couch was bought after mom and dad moved them in and he/she “forgot” to tell them about it. And those plastic bins? I’ve moved plenty of those in and out of the sorority house. You just have to tape the drawers so they don’t fly open. 🙂
Good suggestion on the bins. I’ll remember that, should I ever convince my son he can’t live without ’em!