Wolfgang's box has been sitting here for a few days, no one having time to thoroughly go through it. I decided it would be a good task for this morning.
Omigosh, it was like the freaking clown car of school supply boxes!
This is what my usually pristine home office looks like right now.
Part of it is busy work to take my mind off how quiet it is around here. I mentioned Meego went back to school on Tuesday, Chaco moved to his dorm late last week. Yesterday, Wolfgang moved into his dorm. *sniff*
It was an easy check-in this year since Chaco cut the trail for us last year. Last year, we headed over about an hour after check-in started, stood in a long line to make it to the check-in building, got to the check-in building to stand in another long snaking line, before finally getting into the dorm.
So this year, Wolfgang and I decided we'd head over about noonish. He spent the morning packing, then we played off-to-college tetris with his stuff in the Element. That Ellie Mae is an awesome friend to have for such activities! So easy!
We arrived on campus, got a pick of the litter parking space, walked right into the check-in building where there was NO line. Check-in people were sitting around eating and gabbing, and when we walked in, they literally started fighting over who got to check Wolfgang in.
We let the victor go through the whole spiel about parking and unloading and all the FAQs. Wolfgang signed what he needed to and got his keys while I quietly sat there in full Tank Girl mode.
Maybe we should have asked some pretend questions or something, because when he was done, our guy said, "You seem tired. Been driving all morning? Where are you from?"
Finally, I spoke, "Uhm.... Briargate?", as in six or seven miles up the road.
Wolfgang is in a 4-bedroom suite, same as Chaco had last year. Private rooms with a shared bathroom and living space. We arrived, and one of his suite mates was also there unpacking. He seems like a nice kid, studious yet friendly. I met his mother too who seemed a bit doting, but not in a pushy sort of way, a nice way. So good first impression. I wondered their impression of us as I caught a few furtive glances at my upper right arm in all its tattooed glory. "Really, I'm just a boring engineer-turned-mom/teacher", I tried to exude.
Chaco had called me at 7:45am to see when we'd be there so he could help out. Since when is he up at 7:45?? Well, he is enjoying college life, and I think he likes his big brother role, in this event anyway.
Soon, it seemed like there was no need for me to hang around, yet I was reluctant to leave. Chaco helped by asking for a ride to a friend's house for one of their rip-roaring LAN parties.
Okay, fine. It was time to go.
I hugged Wolfgang, told him to keep his phone charged, and to call his mother.
I miss him already.