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Flashback Friday — Here we go again

A year ago we crammed the car full of things we never knew a person needed and made our way to Hofstra University, spent the day unpacking, putting furniture together, lugging books from the bookstore and getting Catherine settled in before being summarily dismissed by her. As in all things, history will repeat itself this weekend. For … Continue reading

Flashback Friday — Get Happy

Catherine’s ready to go back to Hofstra. With six weeks left to summer, she’s done with 3-year-old campers’ bathroom accidents and tantrums, over the lack of buffet food options in our house, missing the magic of a Starbucks at every turn, and so done with our lack of nightlife. To keep her chin up, she’s … Continue reading

Flashback Friday — Life After High School

How quickly time has flown. A year ago we were awash in a sea of emotions as Catherine graduated from high school. Today we are reduced to 12 weeks of sidestepping piles of dorm gear stuffed in every corner of the living room and den while they await their return to Hofstra in August a reverse transition … Continue reading

Flashback Friday — Home again, home again

Well, it’s officially the end of freshman year at Hofstra for Catherine. As I type this, she’s likely taking one last look at her final paper, written in the wee hours of this morning, and getting reading to take her last final. I’ve ceded my “home office” til August. We’re on our way to the market … Continue reading

A Dressing Down from my Salad Days

Last night offered a virtual walk down memory lane, with a former college professor and classmate posting some old photos of our days at Pace University’s JRN Center. This was back when Journalism was still a viable career. Ours was an experiential curriculum, requiring students to get out of the building, talk to people, write … Continue reading

Life lessons from the dorm

Catherine is impressing us with her transition to college. Nearly two weeks in at Hofstra U, she’s having some fun, getting her work done, making new friends and figuring things out. She called yesterday — the first time to really have a conversation and not simply ask for something she forgot to pack. She is … Continue reading

Flashing Back and Making Memories

Less than two weeks til dorm move-in day at Hofstra and the emotions continue to ratchet up here in the house. Lots of excitement, a fair bit of anxiousness, all tinged with a pressing sense of “holy cow, we’d better get our acts together and finish all those things we were going to do.” Although we’re … Continue reading

Zombie Apocalypse , College Parent Edition

Overnight, I was elected to a new society of parents I didn’t realize existed. If there is a special name for us, I’m not yet privy to it, yet I can pick out others of our ilk at just a glance. We are the exhausted, beleaguered, at-the-end-of-our ropes parents of incoming college freshmen, and like gazelles … Continue reading

Another day closer … and deeper in debt

Accepted Students Day at Hofstra yesterday has us in a tizzy. Too much information, too many faces, far too many deadlines and guidelines to absorb. The whirlwind that is senior year continues to pick up steam, building on itself. I swear our house fairly vibrates with the excitement of it all. Seriously, though, it was … Continue reading

Look Out World!

It’s official: Catherine is a member of the Hofstra University Class of 2018. With her midterms completed, she didn’t have to go to school on Friday so she and Basil instead drove to Hempstead, NY, to submit her paperwork and deposit. (Already she’s distinguishing herself at the school. It seems no one ever brings their … Continue reading