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My sister sent me a text message earlier today, giving me some of the details for my nephew's upcoming orientation at Berea College, where he's starting as a freshman in a couple of weeks. I called her and we discussed things. He has his schedule, his roommate is a guy named Jacob from West Virginia who he doesn't know, and he's got his dorm assignment (a fairly decent dorm really).

My brother-in-law asked my sister if she would ask me to go with them next Saturday. As a Berea alumnus, they feel like I know the ropes better than they do. I can tell they are starting to freak a bit. This is my sister's only kid, so she only gets to do this once.

I talked to my sis about making sure he had all the odds and ends -- a fridge for the room, a TV, bed sheets and towels, pillows, garbage can, laundry basket, washing powder, shower shoes, etc. I told her that he needs to call his roommate to see what he's bringing so they don't double dip.

I told my sis that I'd be there Saturday morning to help him get settled. I have a feeling I may be buying his books for the first semester. Just a feeling. We'll get his room situated and I'll take him to lunch at one of my old favorite hangouts. I hope to see my old dorm room if I can.

Before I got off the phone, my sister told me, "This $#!+ is getting REAL!"

Yeah, it is. Her baby is grown and going off to college. I hope she can handle it.

Date: 2014-08-06 03:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mort-83.livejournal.com
That's cool. Kinda mirrors me with my nephew, but SWEET BABY JESUS, I hope they don't helicopter your nephew while he's at college, like my nephew's parents.

Date: 2014-08-06 01:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kybearfuzz.livejournal.com
I doubt they will hover around him like that once she gets used to him being away from home. I hope.

Date: 2014-08-06 03:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] texwriterbear.livejournal.com
It's a part of growing up. Did your sister not realize this? LOL

Date: 2014-08-06 01:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kybearfuzz.livejournal.com
Oh she's excited for him to go, but I think the "empty nest" syndrome may be something she's not entirely ready for. He's only 45 minutes "up the road" so he'll be home often.

Date: 2014-08-06 05:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mrdreamjeans.livejournal.com
I always find it invigorating to return to where I attended college. So many wonderful memories heightened and lightened by the intervening years!

Good luck to your nephew! May you be able to help your sister and brother-in-law as they negotiate the send-off!

Date: 2014-08-06 01:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kybearfuzz.livejournal.com
I used to go all the time, but now I go only occasionally. It'll be good to see the campus again and the dorms. I hear they've done some significant upgrading.

I'm sure he'll do well there. I just hope he'll get along with his roommate.

Date: 2014-08-06 07:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] man-of-snows.livejournal.com
That brought back me going off to college. I had to get the RA to get my parents to leave so I could go to dinner with my dorm mates..

Date: 2014-08-07 01:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kybearfuzz.livejournal.com
Heh! I think I had to shoo my mom and grandmother off myself that first day.

Date: 2014-08-07 08:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maxauburn.livejournal.com
I'm sure your nephew will do well in college.

It'll be new and different and a bit scary for only a short while. Then he'll settle into a routine. It just takes a little time.

Date: 2014-08-07 01:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kybearfuzz.livejournal.com
Oh, I'm not worried about him. I just hope he and his roommate get along.

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