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7 Flights of Stairs

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

My daughter’s dorm room is located on the seventh floor of her building. Up until two Sundays ago when we returned her to college, we had always taken the elevator to get to her room, no matter how much luggage we were toting. But that day it was extra crowded and so many kids, parents, baggage and boxes were being squeezed into that little elevator. So for safety’s sake we decided to use the stairs. I confess I happen to be one of those individuals who, even if a place is only one floor up, will hop into the elevator, my preferred mode of indoor transportation, rather than use the stairs. So once the decision was made to haul everything up by foot, I was prepared for some major huffing and puffing, possibly even a little chest pain (something I am not unfamiliar with when overexerting myself). But to my surprise, I trotted up those 7 flights of stairs like a seasoned mountain runner (well, almost... more like a mountain runner taking a brisk walk - lol), even loaded down with 2 gallons of bottled water, a backpack and a laundry bag stuffed with clothes (how I managed to not drop anything on the way up continues to baffle me because my middle name is “butter fingers”)! I know this may not seem like a big deal to some, but before Sparkpeople, before losing the weight and getting into a regular exercise program, this climb, even empty-handed, would have wiped me out completely (big WooHoo for Sparkpeople!)!!!

So after unloading all the bags and luggage in the room, how does a parent prolong the visit with college daughter? I did several things: checked out the recently added room decorations, which included a cute little desk lamp with legs and high heels as part of the base, but no light bulb, on the walls some photo montages of old and new friends, and assorted plastic milk crate “shelves” filled with toiletries, books, tissue box, dishes and stuffed animals; helped her unpack clothes and make the bed – it’s amazing how naturally conversation flows when you’re doing mundane chores together. Instead of having to squeeze information out, it was happily volunteered.

And so now I know, among other things, which dorms are the wild party dorms, the ones the cops frequent (not her dorm); how often after lots of partying, kids have gotten “sick” in that little elevator we did not ride that day; how the dorm washing machines really mess up your clothes (although I’m still not quite sure what that means); all the movies that have been viewed because one of her buddies has a huge collection (including many horror films she was never allowed to watch at home); that psychology, along with her other courses, is a fascinating subject to be studying; that the professors are pretty cool and that overall, college life is really terrific!

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  • 154BYAUG
    I am just loving your blogs. This one made me think of my daughter's years in college (she's 25 now & married). My daughter would tell me stories that I would never have told MY mother about college parties, etc. She was president of her soroity one year - THAT was a learning experience more than many of her classes were!

    Congrats on the stair-climbing, It feels good to be in better shape, dosen't it?!
    Hugs, Nancy

    3421 days ago
    7 flights of stairs is no small feat! I have to climb up 5 if I decide not to use the elevator at work... and I admit, by the time I get to the top I'm a bit worn out!! So kudos to you, my friend!!

    Also, glad to hear you had a great conversation with your daughter! Sometimes the mundane stuff is the best!
    3421 days ago
    Congratulations! 7 flights of stairs is alot. I have to walk one to get to my apartment. But I do this several times a day. And that's cool that you were able to have that great conversation with your daughter. I never stayed at the dorms, but my hubby did. Yeah...some get pretty wild lol!

    3421 days ago
    way to go on climbing those stairs like a pro!!! I'm just clutzy. I'd fall up the stairs and than drop everything. LOL.
    3422 days ago
    Never mind a woohoo for SP... A big emoticon for you!!!
    3422 days ago
    WoooHoooo for Sue and her fit body! What a great achievemnt! Congrats!!

    I am also butter fingers to put it mildly, but more like clutsy is it dropping things early morning - afternoon and evenings ~ mostly due to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome for years now.

    On the contrary, I hated elevators and was secretly afraid of getting stuck in it. I opted for stairs always until PH when I was not allowed to take the steps due to elevating heart beats.

    Keep up the great work - yeah! Spark is not only bringing out the exericising capability in you, but also, creative writing and leadership skills.

    You go girl!

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    3422 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/4/2009 1:55:35 PM
    It's wonderful to have these happy memories of doing ordinary things with our kids.

    3422 days ago
    Wow way to go climbing the 7 flights of stairs, that is awesome. I remember those college dorm days like they were yesterday. Quite the experiences...
    3422 days ago
    way to go climbing 7 flights while being loaded down like a pack mule!
    3422 days ago
    Oh the memories of college...our washers messed things up because drunk kids would pee in them. Yeah...gross!
    3422 days ago
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