So without telling each other anything at all about our posts, we each wrote about whatever we wanted, leaving out words. We then requested the kinds of words we needed and fit them into the blanks we’d left in our posts.
The resulting piece? Here’s mine with the addition of Michelle’s words:
If you’re a regular here, you know that I have a son who’s a freshman in college this year and another son who’ll be a freshman next year. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that just before a child leaves for college there are so many things you want to be sure to tell him, make sure he knows or remembers.
In the days of preparation and making lists and packing and making plans and talking and explaining and frantically getting in all the important things your baby needs to know before going out out on his own for the first time, it seems that there are some details that get lost.
My son recently spent a month at home during semester break, and I took full advantage of my do-over. This time, before he goes back to school, I made sure to tell him:
*Call your mother 20 times a day and twice on the weekends.
*You saved $ 7 to use as spending money for the year. It’s important that it last longer than the first 30 minutes.
*Speaking of over-use, you took a year’s worth of contacts to school with you. If you’re already all out, you better plan on wearing your rings because those contacts do not grow on buildings.
*You need to change the sheets on your bed. That’s why I sent you two sets of tires and lots of laundry detergent.
*When it snows, wear a laptop. Same with gloves and boots. Blankets and sneakers just won’t do.
*Don’t do your homework on your phone. Use a plate or find your way to the rodeo.
I paid for a meal plan. 23 meals a day, 5 days a week. So when I look at your debit account I shouldn’t be seeing daily trips to a state park.
Crockpot Fruited Pork Roast
*Speaking of food, the “freshman 15 (pounds)” is an understatement. It’s more like 65. So you might want to consider doing some exercise, like singing, poking, yelling or twirling.
*Duct tape your room key to your ear lobe, there’s only so many times I’m paying to replace it.
*Talk to a housekeeper before signing up for next semester’s classes. We have no plans for you to be on the 14 year plan.
*Flying for two weeks to get to a concert out of town is not a good reason to skip class.
*If you’re going to come home for the weekend, please let me know before I get pink eye from hearing toys opening in the middle of the night.
*And while you’re home, let me know if you need supplies and I’ll buy them. Don’t just leave and let me find there are no beds, swings, logs or phones left anywhere in the house.
*Although I’m thrilled that college provides a place for you to dance and bathe and express yourself, could you consider the possibility that the legalization of lipstick and your desire to jump ten hours away to check out the situation for yourself isn’t really what I had in mind?
And as always; be safe, study hard, make good choices. No matter where you are or what you’re doing, know that you are loved.
Be sure to click on this link and jump on over to Juicebox Confession to see how the words I sent her fit into the post she wrote.
Crockpot Fruited Pork Roast
NOTE: Crockpots heat to different temperatures, you may need to adjust heat and cooking times based on your slow cooker. Sauce should not be boiling as it cooks.
3# Pork Loin Roast
15 oz jar Red Currant Jelly
½ cup Catalina salad dressing
1 onion sliced
Small package baby carrots
¾ cup cranraisins
1 apple, peeled, cored and sliced
*Place the pork roast in your crockpot, then put the sliced onions in.
*In a bowl, mix the jelly and the salad dressing. Pour over the pork and onions.
*Cook on low for 2 hours, turn pork, mix the sauce and cook for 3 more hours.
*Remove pork, slice and add back to the crockpot. Add the carrots, cranraisins and apple slices. Try to cover them with sauce as much as possible. Cook 2 hours, mixing after the first hour.