An Old Dog's Lessons of Love and Hope Amid the PandemicCheryl Gottlieb Boxer
I hadn’t seen my old friend Eileen in ages. Our sons grew up together and after they left for college, our paths never seemed to cross. One Feruary, something nudged her, though, and she picked up the phone and called.
I remember being so glad she did. Friendship is the not-so-secret ingredient of a happy life, but it requires attention and effort.
On the phone that day, among other things Eileen and I talked about how much we found ourselves missing Dylan and Evan even though, by the second year of college, their away-ness wasn’t new. Maybe it was because they'd just been home for winter break. She and Dylan did a bunch of skiing, and then she got to coddle him after he had his wisdom teeth removed. Now he was back in Wisconsin with ambitious plans for summer that mean he probably wouldn’t come home to Colorado.
We made a plan to get together to catch up with each other’s news and put together Valentine’s care packages for the college boys. It was the perfect cozy thing to do on a wintry February weekend!
If hosting a get-together will help you shake the winter blues, you and your friends who are also college parents can make care packages together.
Hosting a care package party is easy! Stock up on boxes (medium sized, flat-rate Priority Mail boxes from the U.S.P.S. work well) and ask everyone to bring multiples of a single small item from the above list (or something of their own creation). Double check student allergies.
Everyone can sign the Valentine that gets popped inside each box. Your students will love the surprise!