Missing Home

My Favorite Domer is home for Easter Break, and I can’t help marveling at the reasons he gave for his visit.

1) Toilet paper. Notre Dame dorms get their bathrooms cleaned at least daily (if not more often!). Sad to say, my son doesn’t get that princely treatment at home. But home offers something his dorm doesn’t — cottony soft toilet paper. And MFD said all the guys like going home for that. Imagine, something they took for granted all those years through childhood and high school is now a prized commodity!

2) Comfy bed. Most of the dorms at Notre Dame feature twin-sized beds, twin-sized extra long, to be exact. Which makes it lots of fun buying sheets and mattress pads. But the beds themselves are thin. Not the extra-deep variety with a pillow top. Thus, sleeping (which most college kids seem to avoid while on campus) becomes a treat at home, and rousing a kid for a new day takes determination and steely resolve.

3) Hot water. To hear MFD tell it, Notre Dame must not have hot, running water in the dorm showers. I trust that’s not 100 percent true, as tuition and other fees are certainly sufficient to provide a warm bathing experience for our little dears! Still, there must be something about coming home and standing in the shower until the hot water tank runs cold! It’s like going to a swanky hotel, and you’ve even got Mom around to do laundry.

4) Roommates. By this time, even the best of friends are tired of each other. And when you’ve got four in a quad, there are four personalities to deal with, four people with their own quirks and mannerisms. Some like the dark; others have to have light. Some like total quiet; others surround themselves with music. Some study all the time; others barely crack open their textbooks. Yep, it’s a real challenge to remain on speaking terms with roommates who are so different, especially for an only child like MFD!

5) The dog. I’m convinced college dorms should each have a dog mascot, somebody the kids could run to for comfort, companionship, and total love. Cats are too independent; fish and turtles aren’t cuddly; rabbits are too fearful, and horses are too large. A dog would be perfect, bestowing generous kisses, lapping up the attention, and helping to ease the stresses of campus life. Why, the mere act of petting a dog lowers blood pressure and puts a smile in your heart! No wonder my son misses the Sheltie so much!

What was one thing you missed most when you were away at college?

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9 thoughts on “Missing Home

  1. OMG,Debbie, you are too funny! Just love your rendition of coming home from college. It seems to get right down to the basics of Mom’s homecooking and your own comfortable bed. That’s what I remember. Thanks for the brightening my day with a chuckle. You are so good at that :-)
    Kathy
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  2. Nice fringe benefits–especially the t.p. at home but I’m betting your boy comes home because that is where is mother is and of-course his dog! I agree all dorms need a dog to love-what a great home for a much deserving shelter dog. Surely someone could handle the logistics. Great idea!

    • Yeah, I suspect you’re right — Mom and the dog (though maybe not always in that order!). Luckily for my son, folks do visit campus with their dogs, so he often gets a chance to “love on” somebody else’s pooch. Still, having one inside the dorm would be better!

  3. I hope seeing you ranked higher than seeing the dog!

    I went to college in state, but moved to my own apartment when I was twenty. I think the roomates would have been hard to handle. Some peace and quiet would have been what I looked for.

    • Sometimes, nobody understands the way a dog does, or so my son claims! And, after nearly four years in a sorority house on campus, I, too, can appreciate the peace and calm of having your own place. We writers need to “steal” time for ourselves when and where we can get some.

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