It was a new beginning for Amy as a junior and living in an apartment for the first time. That means new responsiblities.
It was a different experience for us all. Just the three of us that first year and one car. After moving in we checked out all the campus welcoming activities. Not this year. Our focus was setting in a new home away from home.
She will be responsible for totally keeping toilet paper in the bathroom and food in her kitchen.
Trash bags are de rigor for packing clothes and shoes. We simply don’t have that many suitcases. Since she drives there, looking sophisticated on arrival isn’t a must.
This year she asked us to come with her. Not only did she want our help and our supportive presence, she wanted our car space. Moving into an apartment means household goods and food.
A last minute addition to the move in crew was Mary, her niece. Mary is nine and going to a college to help move in because she is good at organizing is pretty exciting! Amy had gone to her sister’s house to say good bye to her nieces when Mary asked to go.
The ride up was uneventful. Little did we know how much Amy really was going need us. The foray into full adult responsibility is not as easy as I recall it being for kids these days regardless of how we have prepared them. Could she have figure it out? Eventually. I was glad we were with her. There were logistical hold ups I missed. As an example it turned out our insurance wasn’t the right kind required by the management company. That took awhile to sort. Thank goodness for USAA! They are so through and easy to work with.
Amy’s roommates had already moved in and were willing helper to carry Amy’s bags of clothes another items up 3 flights of stairs. She has great roommates who are friends from her freshman year.
By 9:45 PM we were at a fun Mexican restaurant eating a delicious dinner to the sound of raving up motorcycles from across the seat. It was not uncommon for sidewalk dining.
Mary had her second Coke for the day. Amy said the was hyped up. Meg told me that is exactly why she never lets her have sugar after dinner when she babysits Mary and her siblings.
The good part is she kept Amy going until 1 AM to finish up her room and adjoining bathroom. Did I mention this was a nicer apartment than Jim and I ever lived in!
We were able to stay there for a good night’s rest and left early the next morning. Amy was groggy but gave us hearty hugs good bye.
So another season begins of changing and growing for her and us. Both exciting and a bit sad with times of missing her and her presence in our home.
We’re already planning a visit on a football weekend!