I remember my parents driving me to my freshman year of college. Their rust colored Fairmont was packed with everything I’d need from August to May. Dorm fridge, bike, Apple IIe computer with dot matrix printer (no compact laptops or tablets- it was about the size of the dorm fridge), 5 pound dictionary, shorts and tank tops, winter boots and coats…everything! I barely fit in the back seat.I had 8 hours on the ride to D.C. to ponder what college would be like, and if I’d ever be able to stand straight again after being contorted around all my belongings for so long. We sang along with 8-track tapes of the Carpenters and Barry Manilow, talked about what I may have forgotten and whether I’d be able to resume my waitress job at Hoffman’s Restaurant when I returned in the summer (I’d been there two years and that job was paying for college). We talked about the exciting changes and the importance of doing my very best, but we didn’t talk about:
- how scary this big change was for me… and for my parents as their only child moved so far away
- my cat. She was a gorgeous grey Persian who had been my constant companion since I was 8 years old…and she was decidedly a one person cat. I wondered how I’d survive without my closet companion and my mom wondered how she’d even get Missy to come to her to be fed (but cats are practical, they’ll tolerate you if you’re the only one who can use the can opener), and
- sexual assault.
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