We packed Chaco off to college today. It seemed somewhat less traumatizing than others I know doing the same thing with their little freshmen. Chaco's campus is about a 15-minute drive from our house.
Once we arrived, we needed to hike up to the check-in building...
... where there was the inevitable line. At a university so known for it's state-of-the-art tech, why were we still having to do the stand-in-line-to-get-a-bunch-of-paperwork bit? Oh well, we compliantly fell in.
It wasn't all that bad, and once we made it through the check-in, things went relatively quickly. We were able to pull the car up closer to the dorm to unload. Thank GOD, because I thought we would have to lug stuff up that hill like Sherpas.
Another nice surprise were volunteer students hanging around waiting to help people carry their crap. I took all my inner whining that I did while standing in that check-in line back. I hung back with 3 girls/beasts of burden that seemed to be carrying the most heavy things. I decided I wouldn't mention to Chaco that his hard drive had been lugged to the dorm by a couple of girls in flip flops.
Two of Chaco's suite mates, including his buddy Andrew, were already getting situated. The second guy was pleasingly nerdy from a mom point of view. While I was wondering about when, where, and how they would eat, their main concern was the TV situation and what gaming platforms they had at their disposal. I don't expect much rowdy partying from this bunch.
So, we've made it passed phase 1, and things seem to be going according to plan.
I miss him already.