went to my college reunion and it taught me a few things. Mainly, that times
have seriously changed. Life as a mommy just isn't the same as it was in college.
Or was it? Let's consider the facts:
1. You used to
complain that the bars closed so early at 1a.m. Now, you're in bed by 9.
2. When you go
back to college for a reunion, you're actually interested in
attending the lectures.
traded beer for wine. LOTS of wine.
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4. On any
given night, there's a different guy in your bed. But it's one of your sons.
5. The fridge
used to be empty (except for beer and maybe ketchup), but now it's stocked at
6. You used to
go to the library under the pretext of studying but really to socialize. Now,
anywhere you can find peace and quiet for even a moment is a sacred place.
7. You walked
everywhere—to class, to the bars at night, all over campus. Now, you drive to a
friend's house around the block.
8. Party prep
back then meant kegs and red Solo cups. Now, it means pizza and cupcakes and themed
9. You had a
freshman-year meal plan, which gave you three hot meals a day. Now, YOU provide
10. You used
to do anything you wanted on a whim—a road trip, a concert, a play—but now,
leaving the house—even for just an hour—takes two weeks of military planning
But in some
ways, college life never changed:
1. You showed
up and had no idea what you were doing. Sort of like that feeling when they
hand you a real, live human being and tell you to take him/her home with you.
2. There are
still communal bathrooms, but at least now you don't need to carry a shower
caddy everywhere you go.
3. Sleep? Who
4. On any
given Saturday night, you could end the evening covered in vomit.
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5. You're still
carrying your stumbling roommates home at the end of the night. Except now? Those
roommates are your kids.
6. It's one of
the best times of your life.
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