Common Sense Defied Again

August 13, 2013 by Mom the Muse  
Published in Motherhood

Why, just why?

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Well, it looks like it’s going to be a long night for this mama.  My eldest is on a trip to Minnesota, and has not started home yet, although tomorrow, we are to move her in at college, and her classes start the day after that.  Given the fact that she and her friends are night owls, I’m sure they won’t leave until late afternoon or evening, and they have a 10-12 hour drive ahead of them.  Have I mentioned that she will have to drive the last leg of the trip back home alone, to add to my worries?

She is also in process of changing her major, has not yet confirmed it with her school counselor by signing the paperwork, she has not located her new classes yet, has not updated her parking permit and will likely come home with a ton of dirty laundry.

Needless to say, I am beyond frustrated, but by this time, if common sense hasn’t kicked in, there’s little a mother can do, other than to pray. 
I had hoped that she would get a good night’s rest and be confident in where all of her classes are before the first day of the new semester, but it seems that every single thing that I would have preferred is going to be exactly the opposite, and whether she can cope with the fallout remains to be seen.  If she’s up all night, she has a tendency to oversleep, but I refuse to be responsible for that this time.  It is so hard to allow kids to fail and learn the hard way, but the hard-headed especially have to learn that way.  I have tried talking, making sensible suggestions and asking her to think through her decisions, but if there’s anything I know at this point, it’s that nobody cares what I think.

So, tonight, I will say a prayer, take a Unisom and brace myself to receive a very cranky 19 year old back home, and a few hours later, drag ourselves all over campus in our sleep-deprived state, trying to catch up on things that should have been done days ago.  I am tempted at this point to just drop her stuff in the parking lot and tell her “See ya!  Figure it out!  You’re on your own!”  But, I won’t.  I will try to be pleasant as the natural consequences begin to kick on.  This, too, shall pass, right?

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