When the Party Turns to Pig Slop
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We entered a new era when our daughter entered college, and we discovered there was one word sweeter than any other to a student away at college - (yeah, not money, no, no) - home. Now, there are a lot of jokes about kids getting in contact with home from college. You know the one about the young woman who wrote to her parents and said, "I haven't heard from you for a while. Please send money so I'll know you're okay."
Okay, there are jokes about it, but actually our daughter loved to call home even when there was no money involved. Okay, yeah, we had to talk about paying the bill occasionally, but there was one number she knew that she could call no matter how she was feeling. And she loved even more to come home. There was one time when she was flying back to school; she waited a half day allowing herself to get bumped from a flight just so she would get a free ticket. She said, "Man, I'll wait all day if I have to, to get a free ticket to get back (yeah)...home. You know, when you get away, home sure looks good.