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letter from a college freshman

Parents know how rare it is to get a letter from a college freshman. Overwhelmed by all the newness, freshmen barely have time to do all that’s expected of them. Or perhaps they’re so giddy with newfound freedom they do little more than text, “Send money.”

Parents, take heart. We learned by experience that those who need to know their son or daughter still lives, must send a simple, check-the-blank letter. I sent a missive like this to our youngest son years ago and he delighted us by actually penning a few phrases of his own. Be sure to enclose a SASE addressed to you.

Dear Mom and Dad,

Just a few lines to let you know

___I am exhausted

___I have a great tan.

___I am getting married next month.

___I never liked biology anyway, so don’t look for a good grade.

___I survived freshman orientation.

College life is keeping me busy. Why, only last week

___I averaged four hours a sleep each night.

___I flunked a math exam.

___I ran a marathon to benefit my dorm.

___I ate so much pizza I now hate it

I am learning a lot here at (insert name of school).

___If you climb on the roof of the dorm at 1:00 a.m. you get into a lot of trouble.

___Girls don’t appreciate firecrackers going off under their windows at 6:00 a.m.

___Dining hall food tastes better with lots of ketchup.

___Once in a while you have to crack open a textbook and actually read it.

___When you wash a red shirt with white underclothes, you get pink underwear.

My roommate and I have learned to tolerate one another. After a rocky start, we made the following pact:

___You sit on your bed and I’ll sit on mine. Your friends sit on YOUR bed, not mine.

___No inviting friends to have a party in our room at 3:00 a.m. without checking with the other roommate.

___Dirty clothes stink. Therefore, when your socks stick to the floor and your clothes stand in the corner by themselves, you have to do laundry.

In closing, I’d like to say

___I miss the dog.

___$end ca$h

___Doing your own laundry is the pits.



What about you? Any advice on getting your kids to write? Feel free to comment below.


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