Thursday we delivered her to the University of Utah. Her assigned move-in moment was 11:30-12 noon. We jockeyed for a position on the parking lot with significantly more parents than there were parking spaces, loaded her less-than-most-of-the-students-brought boxes into a red (of course!) cart, wheeled the cart to her dorm room, and moved her in…..bed made, clothes on hangers and in drawers, candy stashed, and red (of course) towel hung on a rack in her bathroom. Done.
Food services offered a meal to dorm residents and their families that evening. The food was fabulous and plentiful and free…. sushi, pizza, Philly steak sandwiches, Pasta Primavera, roast beef, hamburgers and French fries, soft shelled tacos….. Note to self: On the Thursday before the Monday that classes start at the University of Utah, make it a point to visit the dorm cafeteria sometime between 5:00 and 7:00…..
Classes have not started but Grace’s adventures have. She worked out in the gym (a first), toured campus with a guy she met over a mayonnaise jar (yep...she’d been on campus less than 3 hours when the first guy asked for her number), and lost (only for an hour) the engineering building. She has shattered a toilet seat and a smashing (as in SUPER AWESOME) roommate named Alex. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Babbs squawks a lot (Grace calmed her) , Esther baaaa’s a lot (Grace scratched her), and Lance mopes a lot (Grace laughed at his jokes).
As if losing one daughter this week were not enough, Tanah took off today. She loaded C.J. (short for “Clunker Junker”, the ‘98 Honda Civic she has claimed as hers) almost to the gills, waved a cheerful good-bye to her tearful mother, and drove away. She is on her way to Southern Utah University in Cedar City, with stops in SLC to see Grace and Provo to see a cute man named Paul. She’ll arrive late tonight, sleep in her car in a park (a girl after my own heart!), and will move into her apartment in the morning. You go girl!!
Tanah is our exclamation point and Grace is our color (red, of course!). Already the house is quieter...calmer…less vibrant...more staid. I can’t say that I wish they stayed---exciting times lie ahead for them---but I can say that I am not a fan of seeing them go. Growing up hurts!!!