It’s happened! My little chicks have all flown the coop, with my youngest just starting her freshman year at college. So far it’s been smooth sailing, but I can hear it in her voice occasionally, when she needs a warm fuzzy. Normally, I would just surprise her with a box of items that I picked out and hoped she would like, but this time I decided to ask instead. I was a little surprised at the five items she told me would be top on her list.
The first item she requested wasn’t too unexpected, as she inherited my voracious sweet tooth- chocolate! Any kind, any brand. Chocolate is known to release endorphins causing a sense of well-being and with all the stress of starting a new life, I was happy to fill her box up with different kinds of chocolate.
Next on her list, she asked for cold, hard cash. Not just quarters, although, those would definitely come in handy for vending machines and laundry, but apparently it’s nice to have some bonus paper money show up in her mailbox. It’s not always easy to get to an ATM machine and she’s starting to realize how fast her checking account can be depleted.
I was surprised at the next item she requested…not just homemade cookies and food items, although those ranked high on her list, but my daughter also asked for items from her home town that she was fond of, in particular, Nutty’s Peanut Butter, a freshly made peanut butter that comes in many different flavors, such as white chocolate chip. www.nuttyspeanutbutter.com
Then she mentioned that anything that had been forgotten in the mad rush to pack for school would be helpful. There have been many items that neither of us thought about adding to her move-in box, including trash bags and paper towels, dish towels and dish cloths, cords to hook up her TV, and various other items.
Last but not least, my freshman asked for pictures of her family and pets. A new life at college is fun and exciting, but sometimes you need to see the faces of the people in your life that mean the most to you. So, yes, send her that favorite picture of the two of you!
My daughter didn’t ask me to do this, but I couldn’t help myself…her father and I went to Build-a-Bear www.buildabear.com and created a bear just for her, along with a recording of our voices telling her how much we love her. My husband delivered that package and he said when she heard our voices, her eyes filled up with tears. Remember that no matter how grown up they may seem, there is still your little one inside that “almost an adult” freshman, and occasionally, they need to know that they are loved and missed!