As I write this, Jorge is on his way to the kids' school (about 30 miles away) to bring our college students home. The boy is home for the summer, and the girl is home for a couple of weeks until her first apartment lease kicks in.
There are some things you need to remember as your kids come home from college. Moms of toddlers, take notes, and welcome to your future.
#1. Try to remember the exact date they're coming home. I actually thought they were coming in two weeks from now or so, but SURPRISE! It's today. It's right now. (Can you tell I've been through this before? The first year, I counted down the hours and minutes until our girl was home. Now I'm more laid back. Which leads to the next tip.)
#2. Get more food. Lots more.
#3. Do your own laundry before they get home because they will have a semi truck-load full to be done. Last week my son ran out of quarters. That is not a good sign.
#4. Get more toilet paper. I don't care how much you have; I said get some more. Stick it in any cabinet, bookshelf, car trunk or crawl space, because you will need more toilet paper. All the time.
#5. Practice parking in your driveway. Sound easy? Pretend there are twelve cars in your driveway, and then try to park. Because not only will the college cars be there, but the friends' cars will be there, too. That's a good thing. Really it is. I'm just sayin', practice squeezing your car into a space big enough for a Power Wheels Barbie car.
#6. Get some more food. I don't care how much you already went and purchased per tip #2. Go get some more. You will never have enough. College students are used to going through lines and ordering all kinds of food, whatever they feel like that day. Gone are the days of college students subsisting on ramen noodles. They eat like kings now. Except around here. They eat like college students in days of yore around here. In fact, just to hit them with a cold, hard, real-life moment, I may prepare ramen noodles for dinner tonight, and not just because I can't cook much else. It's because life is tuff.
#7. Be prepared to Tivo your favorite TV shows because your favorite show may not be ESPN 24/7 or "Grey's Annoying Me."
#8. Be prepared for the younger siblings to enlist the college kids to whisper jokes about you and smirk at you right before your very eyes because their allies are home and there is finally someone who will appreciate the jokes made at your expense.
#9. Be prepared to give the talk, "This house is not your dorm room" in order to establish and maintain some kind of order and cleanliness throughout the summer.
#10. Prepare to re-give said talk 85,000 times this summer.
Bonus Tip: Buy more food.
PS: Just in case you're wondering ... I'm crazy about my kids, and I can't wait for them to get here.
There's nothing like looking at this picture and realizing that little boy is still somewhere inside this young man.
And the little ballerina is still inside the sharp young woman. They will always be my babies.
Especially my baby. Now I've gone and gotten all sentimental. I can't help it ... they're almost home! Moms of toddlers: Give your babies extra hugs tonight-- Tomorrow they will be signing leases and applying for jobs!