I rarely post on FB, but after I dropped Tank off I posted a photo of Tank in his room with a caption: 1 DOWN, 2 TO GO. Then a note on our next drop offs.
A woman commented: OH, ENJOY NOTRE DAME'S WELCOME WEEK. THEY DO IT RIGHT. (she's an ND mom)
This reminds me of how Mary Ann gave Mini a card earlier in the summer congratulating her on ND. Mary Ann's daughter's a junior there. Um, no - WE WON'T BE CARPOOLING.
Don't get me wrong, the card was nice. Guessing Mary Ann is like my family of origin, recognizing Notre Dame as The One. The Only.
Mini: (after getting the card) THAT WAS NICE. GUESSING SHE DIDN'T CONGRATULATE TANK ON CREIGHTON LAST YEAR THOUGH. *eyeroll*
Over the summer, Mini caddied for men who hate Notre Dame. I keep telling her that so long as she sees things clearly, she won't become a person who embraces the 'This is The One. The Only' mindset.
|This is only a few of them.|
There are more.
Mini: I KNOW. I LOVE IT.
Me: UH-OH. IT'S HAPPENING. YOU'RE TURNING INTO ONE OF THEM. (giggling)
The "ND does welcome weekend right" FB comment reminded me of those bumper stickers: honor roll student at (insert school) on board. I really wanted to reply on FB with something like MY CREIGHTON STUDENT CAN BEAT UP YOUR NOTRE DAME STUDENT.
I told Coach and Mini about how that FB comment ruffled my feathers, and we all chuckled. I thought Creighton's welcome was amazing. While ND's was a wonderful weekend, a few things could have been improved:
Sometimes the schedule changed or was wrong. Or a time was listed incorrectly. Oops.
ND (quoting Ally Bean) "charges a king's ransom" to attend, so could they offer parents complimentary dining hall passes for these two days? Limit the menu options, if that cuts cost - but come on now.
There WAS a free hot dog lunch on Friday. They ran out of drinks early on though and they didn't replenish. When they said hot dog lunch, they weren't kidding. The hot dogs were already in buns. Only the bag of chips was GF. I pack my own food just in case, so I was fine.
|I bet the birds were excited for my bread crumbs. |
I don't think this photo even
does the bread disaster justice.
There's an ND Facebook page for parents of freshmen. Dang. I discovered it AFTER welcome weekend. It would've been nice to to have tips, advice, and info in advance. My guess: the University isn't affiliated with this page, so it wouldn't be their responsibility to share the link. But, I repeat DANG.
BTW - I joined the FB page. I can scroll to early posts. Not sure a bigger time suck exists. Parents on this page posted about their kids' acceptances since late December.
Some are standard: SUZIE Q IS EXCITED TO ATTEND NOTRE DAME IN THE FALL. WE LIVE IN CALIFORNIA. LOOKING FORWARD TO MEETING ALL OF YOU.
Then there are others: WHILE JOHNNY HAS BEEN ACCEPTED TO MANY FINE INSTITUTIONS, HE'S CHOSEN ND. HIS OLDER BROTHER AND SISTER BOTH GO TO ND. SO DID HIS DAD AND I. JOHNNY WAS VOTED BY HIS PEERS TO SPEAK DURING COMENCEMENT AT HIS VERY PRESTIGIOUS HIGH SCHOOL. HE'S ALSO THE BEST AT EVERY SPORT YOU'VE EVER HEARD OF. HE PLANS TO BE A DOCTOR AND A CHEMICAL ENGINEER BUT WILL FIRST SOLVE WORLD HUNGER. (sort of embellished, but you get the idea).
If I'd known about the page and I was going to introduce Mini on it back when she was accepted, maybe I'd write:
OUR DAUGHTER, MINI, HAS BEEN ACCEPTED TO ND. WE'RE PROUD OF HER FOR . . .
* NOT KNOWING THAT ND ACCEPTANCES HAD BEEN DELIVERED IN EMAIL FOR 36 HOURS,
* ALWAYS ROCKING A MESSY BUN,
* BEING LATE ALMOST DAILY TO HIGH SCHOOL BUT KNOWING HOW TO WIGGLE OUT OF IT AND THEREFORE NEVER SERVING DETENTION,
* GETTING EXCELLENT GRADES DESPITE SKIPPING SCHOOL REGULARLY TO HELP ME WITH MY DAYCARE,
* LOSING HER PHONE REPEATEDLY BUT BEING RESOURCEFUL ENOUGH TO FIND IT - OFTEN IN THE POCKET OF HER HOODIE,
|Mini at the beautiful grotto at |
Notre Dame. Go get um, kid.
You are one of a kind.
* PROVIDING PEERS WITH SIDE SPLITTING ENTERTAINMENT CONSISTENTLY,
* SOCIALLY CONNECTING WITH VARIOUS GROUPS AT HIGH SCHOOL BECAUSE OF HER FRIENDLY AND GENUINE PERSONALITY,
* CHOOSING NOT TO CARE WHAT ANYONE THINKS OF HER,
* NEVER PRETENDING TO BE ANYTHING BUT WHO SHE IS.
LOOKING FORWARD TO MEETING ALL OF YOU SOON.
In the comments, please add suggestions for a crafty Mini FB intro that I may've glossed over, or if you've attended a welcome by a college - how did it go? Do you know people who have tunnel vision when it comes to their fav college? Or do you know people who brag about their kids? Ever eat a messy meal and wish you were in a stadium?