At 8:00 in the morning we met up with M outside his dorm. (We’d driven out to Rochester the day before.) He took us to breakfast in the college cafeteria, where E and I enjoyed watching a couple of groundhogs sun themselves on the lawn outside the window. M was very patient with the fact he had to be awake at such a ridiculously early hour, never mind listen to parental running commentary on the groundhog activity.
We got back to his dorm and helped him finish packing up his stuff. We had previously asked that M do as much laundry as possible ahead of time, since our washer drain is problematic, and who wants to spend 7 hours in a car full of dirty laundry. Well, he had indeed laundered almost all his clothes, and had already packed them — woohoo! We threw out a few items, including a stained pillow, and a mattress pad that had been used all year evidently without a sheet. We were amused to note a number of other pillows already in the dorm’s trash room. And then we loaded everything else into the car.
He checked out of the dorm and we were on the road by 10:18. He was asleep before we reached the highway.
Freshman year is DONE!
Updated to add: just discovered that he had packed his damp towel in one of the bags of clean clothes. Oh well!