Wednesday, June 2, 2010

College is out!

My college kids are home for the summer. Yippee! Hurray!

Only the warm fuzzy feeling didn't last long.

I forgot what they're like. Wet towels all over the floor. Dirty dishes and glasses scattered everywhere. Mounds of clothes; some clean, most not. Toast crumbs underfoot and on the counter and beyond. Coming and going at all hours of the day and night. And I'm pretty sure I'm missing a bottle or two of wine.

I feel like the house elf.
What happened to the life I've become comfortably accustomed to?

I bet they won't realize what I'm going through until they have kids of their own, and those kids do the exact same things to them.

And, why, when my mother visits, does she have a smirky grin on her face as I'm complaining about them? Isn't she supposed to be a little more sympathetic?

16 comments:

Andrea C. said...

I wonder if they had a similar feeling? Woo-hoo college is out! Home for the summer. Relaxing and mom taking care of us - oh wait, now she wants to know where we are going, where is the wine, why can't I put my towel up? Doesn't she remember what it was like?

LOL. I am kidding Deb - and one day you can have the smirky grin and not be sympathetic (like your mom)!
I hope you have a great summer with the kids - craziness and all! :)

tonya kappes said...

Shut their doors for the entire summer!! (only if you want to survive b/c they will win...)

mary in MO said...

I dunno, one of my DD's came home recently, same story...mentioned one morning, "Mom, I don't have any clean clothes" I replied, Were they in the hamper, I did the laundry." "well, no...", "That is why, dear, if it isn't in the hamper, it does not get washed!" Thhings got better....

Laineshots said...

That smirky feeling is kinda fun. My two daughters now each have a son of their own, and the four of them share a house. We went over there last night, and I swear I could not control the smirk when the girls complained about the constant mess the boys made! It is really lovely to leave their slightly-crumby, slightly-sticky, slightly-smeared house to come home to our shining, peaceful, (mostly) orderly one.

That being said, I love it that they're close enough to come back and mess up my house now and then.

Hang in there, Deb - September shall return, and adult independence is right around the corner!

Deb Baker said...

You all put it in perspective for me. Taking deep breaths.

Ellery Adams said...

Oh, the laundry! You made me smile with that line because I am doing my second load of the day after the trolls got into the popsicle box!

Hang in there - it's going to be a great summer!

Babs said...

Oh now just when I was nervous about high school lol. My oldest is 13 and youngest 8 months old. My 7 year old thinks he is going on 21.

I always use to laugh when my mom would tell my when I had kids they would be 10 times worse then I was. Wish I would have listened lol.

Deb I feel for you and hang in there. We all support you. You can send them to some of us and we can put them to work lol.

Debra said...

I had heard about that but thought it was one of those urban myths. I'm sure I never did that to my folks. In our house we have a pre-college boy who is training to play football in college. He consumes 4000 to 5000 calories a day so it feels like one loooong meal!
Deb,I sure hope for your sake they have jobs/internships set-up somewhere? Anywhere?

Lover of Books said...

I had to do my own laundry starting at age 13. So I know if I want clean clothes, it was my responsibility. I hope it gets better for you.
Krista

Karen Russell said...

This just literally made me laugh out loud. I'm a college professor and we wait all year for said kids to leave town for the summer. Suddenly there are parking places everywhere, lines no where, and the campus is as clean as your house is dirty.

My own kid is only 5, though, so I've still got the laundry and crumbs.

Kate Collins said...

When I was home for the summer, my mom put me to work, which I thought was totally unfair. When my kids came home for the summer, they had summer jobs, so I couldn't complain. Okay, I DID complain, but that's another story.
As a former teacher, I looked forward to summers off. As a parent, not so much.
What goes around comes around, I guess.

signlady217 said...

As a former teacher, a friend, and an aunt, but a non-parent, all I can do is laugh! You guys are cracking me up today!

Kaye George said...

I always had to work, too, on vacations, as did my kids. My brothers and I--and my own kids--still managed to liven up the place. But just think of the emptiness when they're gone, Deb.

Two of ours now live across the country and we see them twice a year or so. I LOVE it when they all come at once. And bring the grandkids. Complete chaos! It happened in February this year.

CindyD said...

My daughter has been out of college for a year and now she WANTS to do her own laundry, so there is hope! She never did leave dirty clothes all over her room - we won't talk about not changing her sheets for a month. We still have laptop and shoes and books, etc all over the living room when she's home...

Helen Kiker said...

You need tough love - if they want clean clothes they need to do the laundry - you might even get them to do YOUR laundry. I am smirking right along with your mother - LOL.

Deb Baker said...

My kids have been doing their own laundry for years (when they do it) but I still have to look at it and smell it! And they are both starting work soon, so I have hope.