I was out doing a little shopping yesterday for things like a French press coffee maker so the guy who gave me a hard time for drinking coffee from a drip maker can shut up. I also had Eustacia's trumpet cleaned, and the shop owner said it was the filthiest trumpet he has seen in 35 years, and how did my kid ever make noise with it. Then I bought a few little things Eustacia might enjoy in an initial care package of sorts.
I picked up a fun umbrella, a striped tin full of colored pencils, highlighters shaped like cats, a water bottle, Jelly Bellies, and a sewing kit. Then I bought a book entitled 1001 Things Every College Student Needs to Know. Here are some of the important things:
You need to know...
•it doesn't matter if you were popular, a Goth, a geek, or a cheerleader in high school. You're now a freshman.
•you're moving into a dorm built fifty years ago, not a condo built last week.
•what the word moderation means...and exercise it.
•college isn't about finding love. College is about job opportunities (I'd like to add college is about personal development regardless of the job it may lead to).
•a lot of problems get better after a good night's sleep (good for us all to remember).
•to pursue more than a degree. Pursue a purpose.
•your parents will eventually get over your leaving home. So if your mother cries whenever you call, be patient with her (good one).
I hope Eustacia will take the time to read through this book now and then. Feel free to add your advice to this list. Unless you get sweary or gross, I'll forward your wisdom on to her.