Our Boomer Gal columnist, Kathy Norton got me thinking with her parenting rant, "College Undergrads get dumb before they smarten up." I taught my mother a lesson or two my first few months as a SUNY New Paltz freshman. Here they are:
— Parent phone call hours are Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday, between 5 and 6 p.m. All other hours of the day are off limits, especially hours before noon, when I'm asleep. If you violate the phone policy, you leave me no choice but to rack up an outrageous long distance bill, and you will have to pay the balance, plus late fees, in order to stop campus administration from shutting down my tele service permanently... and to get my end of semester grades.
— I was looking rounded, not well rounded... and it wasn't the orphanage-quality gruel that is served in the campus dining hall. Go ahead, check my meal card. Still shinny and new, like an unauthorized credit card. There's two good reasons. 10 cent wing and $2 pitchers at Cuddy’s.
— When I told you I was being thrifty with my savings account, I meant that keg parties only charge $5 for a bottomless cup!
— Remember that money you sent for the mid-Semester Psychology textbook, the professor sprang on us? Well... thanks for buying my tattoo!
Did your mom interrogate your roommate? Call you at 7 a.m. Saturdays? Send you embarrassing care packages in the mail? Share your stories!