Last Friday I was sitting in my car just outside of Beanie's parking garage below her dorm, waiting for her to join me for the weekend. Imagine my joy when I saw her little beautiful face peek from around the corner wall and give me a huge smile. Then it disappeared and suddenly a large laundry bag came flying from the shadows. Smiling, I jumped out of my car and before I could get there, another landed with a thud beside it. Before I made it there, all-in-all, there were four laundry bags, a backpack, make-up bag, laptop, two purses and no Beanie. She had ran upstairs to grab her SUITCASE.
We were ten minutes down the road and she wanted to stop at McDonalds. Poor thing must have been hungry because she ordered the Big Mac Meal, an extra fry and a McFlurry. We were so excited to be with one another, that we hugged every five minutes and were constantly cutting off each other's sentences. By the time we arrived home, our cheeks hurt from laughing and we didn't feel like lugging her belongings inside.
She is so incredibly funny, witty and full of life. I expected her to crash on her bed and sleep the three days she was here, but she didn't. She did not want to run around with her hometown friends, but stayed right here with me and her Dad. One of the first things she wanted to do the first evening she was home was watch a scary movie since it was Halloween. We chose Jeepers Creepers and stayed up to watch BOTH of them. In case you don't know what Jeepers Creepers is about, it's about a man/beast who only comes out every 23 years to "feed." It eats unsuspecting people who has a body part it can use...stupid, I know, but it really was quite entertaining with Beanie's narratives along the way. At one point, there was a bus full of high school football players the beast was targeting and she shouted, "Look, Mom, MEALS ON WHEELS!" Brian had to get up from bed and tell us to pipe down and "Act your ages!" AS IF! Needless to say, the next morning the front room looked like the aftermath of a college party. Popcorn bags, diet soda cans, socks draping the furniture and drool spots on the couch cushions where we both fell asleep the night before. I woke up to her big toe touching the tip of my nose.
The next day we went shopping. We bought a butt-load of snacks and things that we didn't need. I still don't know why we bought the muscle-man magazine (cough, cough) but it's hid under my dresser for the next time she comes down. Brian was on to us when we walked in the door and he kept looking at the rectangle bulge in the front of my shirt. Because we couldn't stop giggling, he stayed with us so I had to make a mad dash to hide it before he found out! I made her favorite that day...chicken fajitas with extra cheese, just the way she likes them. Then it was another long night of movies, girl talk, Brian telling us to pipe down and stiff necks on the couch.
Did Brian get to spend time with her?? Yes. He got a few hours with her while he took her to his mother's for a little while. But that was all. She was mostly all mine!! :)
Sunday afternoon was sobering. We packed up her clean laundry and new things she had acquired since being home. She left with twice as much as what she came with. Once on campus, we made three trips up the three flight of stairs and I helped her unpack. Her room looked like it had been ransacked and I looked at her in surprise and fear...but no, it was just where she had not cleaned it...since she has been there. The Sun Chips bag I left there the last time I came to visit was still lying on her printer untouched.
She'll be back in another couple of weeks. I'm pleasantly surprised by how our relationship has changed...she will always be my little girl, but she just seems so grown-up now. We found ourselves having some really cool adult conversations while she was home. I'm SO PROUD of her (all "A's" and one "B" in her college classes)...and I can't wait until she comes again.
I may even share her with Brian this time!