An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Breaking Home Ties


Our eldest son is going away to college in the fall, and last night I woke up in the middle of the night making mental lists of what he needs to take with him. I had a panic attack. Too much to think! Too much to plan! Too much!

And I'm humble enough to ask for help.

What are your ideas on what a young man will need when he packs his bags for college? Advice? Thoughts?

I welcome them all.

Breaking Home Ties by Norman Rockwell
Breaking Home Ties, by Norman Rockwell. This classic painting shows a man and his son sitting on the running board of the family's farm truck. All the elements come together to tell a story of a boy leaving home for the first time to attend college. A train ticket protrudes from the son's pocket, and his books are stacked on a band new suitcase. He is looking ahead to the future, while his dog is sad to see him leave. His father, on the other hand, is looking in the opposite direction, perhaps back towards home. He is holding both his hat and his son's, and it's obvious he is reluctant to see his son go.

7 comments:

Suburban Correspondent said...

Boys are easy. At some point, you'll receive in the mail an offer to buy him a set of bedding (sheets, comforter, towels, pop-up laundry hamper, etc) guaranteed to fit his particular university's dorm beds. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS! It comes neatly packed in a tidy little box, and it is one less thing to think about. In addition to that, he needs clothes, a basic laptop (seriously, here, you don't need to spend more than $350 on that) and something that will wake him up in the morning.

It's that simple. Is he going in-state? My son is graduating from North Georgia this May.

Ray V. said...

Send him away knowing that you did the best you could to help him get to this point. Everything else he can always buy at the school store.

Maria (also Bia) said...

Ray, When it comes down to it ... you're absolutely right.

Do Not Be Anxious said...

Considering my niece just sent me a note saying one of HER nephews (my other niece's son) had stopped going to church "because it didn't say we had to in the bible," I figure a copy of YOUCAT wouldn't be a bad idea. It has basic Q&A's, for basic stupid questions and ideas, like my great-nephew's.

Chris Eckert said...

it is better to send them off with more underwear then they need. Socks, t shirts and underwear. Don't worry about extra shoes if his feet are cold he will figure that out. if he has these, and your love, he will be well prepared.

Maria (also Bia) said...

chris... okay. underwear for a year. got it. :-)

Deb said...

One of the great things about sending him off to college is this, you don't have to think about what to send with him, he needs to figure it out for himself! I mean this in the best of ways. I teach freshman college students, and I am always amazed at how quickly they get their act together and figure things out on their own. He will be fine. You've done the hard work, and it is important for him to know he can do it on his own. Congratulations on embarking on this new phase of life! It is wonderful and scary all at the same time.