Still didn't make it easy. These two girls brought enough stuff to move to another planet. To top it off their dorm room is on the fifth floor and it was boiling hot outside. At least it wasn't raining and at least they weren't on the top sixth floor.
Massey's room mate's parents (who I could never say enough nice things about) brought a handy little collapsible wagon and we loaded it up and all carried armloads as well. You had to wait in line for the elevator and the line was out the door. I'll have to say they handled the crush of kids moving in really well and tried to load the elevators according to what floor all the peeps were going to to save time. I was sweating like an overweight man in thermal underwear and a snow suit.
Tim went back downstairs and rented us a huge push container large enough to move a small pony in and that helped. Every time we went back to the parking lot we loaded the container and the wagon. Ten loads later we had everything up to the fifth floor and were all sweating like Mel Gibson at a temple.
Tim and Allen moved the beds to make more room for the girls and we started unpacking. Pretty much all we took were Massey's clothes and bedding. She had some nice graduation presents, towels, coffee maker, mugs, and cool things my friends gave her, rolling cart, desk top accessories, rugs, mattress pad, spare linens, cool Indian looking throw, desk lamp and a few other things. My biggest donation was a new tunnel fan I bought when our A/C was out.
Here's the thing that touched me the most. He went on and on about how GREAT it was to have a tunnel fan in their room and seemed totally sincere. Let me also say he's a pretty massive guy, we wore him out and he stood in front of it multiple times to cool off after helping to lug enough clothing to cover every naked child in Ethiopia up to the fifth floor of a dorm room.
It's not like this family is rich (although compared to us they are.) They don't flaunt it, they share it. They don't look down on us, they lift us up. They love my girl and my girl loves them.
Today we were all equals. Today we were parents dropping our girls off at college and I was blown away by their generosity, sincerity and humility.
Massey knows how to pick a room mate.
We all went downstairs to eat with the girls to see what the meal plan offered.
Tim had to leave on the job search front so I bummed a ride home (getting good at it) with Massey's roomie's parents.
Massey was so happy and I was so happy for her I forgot to get emotional. I simply hugged her and told her I'd see her soon.
The only time I teared up was on my bummed ride home. I told them I wanted them to know how much we appreciated all they have done for my girl.
And like the wonderful people they are said they felt blessed Massey had come into their daughter's life.
Icing on the cake, my brother got Massey tickets in a private suite tonight for the Bruno Mars concert at Phillips Arena. I called Massey and said "There will probably be lots of food in the suite so take some zip loc baggies with you." She totally shot my idea down.
We all told the girls before we left today to take a cab to the arena, a five minute ride from their dorm and take one back home. I'm a little nervous about it but you know what? They are both eighteen and living in the ATL now.
You gotta let them grow up sometime.
My back is killing me from the move but am a happy mom. My girl is moving on , spreading her wings and taking flight.
I think she's hit all three today. Can't wait to see what else she can do.
Once again reminded how absolutely lucky we are.
Til next time...COTTON