He’s Officially On His Own

Mrs. Earp arrived home yesterday at 6pm, none the worse for wear. Apparently it’s hot in Texas in August. She claims she didn’t cry when she left Kyle at his dorm, but I’m suspicious of that.

Anyway, here’s a summary of what went on during Kyle’s first few days as a college man. (You can click the photos – like the one of Kyle at the Tower – to embiggen.)

Kyle’s roommates are from Texas and Massachusetts. They get along well, and are both wicked smaht, but they’re homebodies. Kyle spent most of the 12-14 hour daily festivities at the many locations on campus, while his roomies stayed in the dorm. That’s not a shot at them – they’re very nice – but Kyle is a social butterfly.

Kyle had to get a key chain for his dorm key, so he decided on the one below. Apparently, the Lone Star spins; a feature which made Kyle very happy.

Kyle in his ridiculously small dorm room. There are three students living there, and it barely has enough room for two. Next year he moves into the newer, larger dorms, so it’s a temporary problem.

Notice the Thin Blue Line flag above. He asked for one as a graduation present, along with the one below… Because Texas is freakin’ awesome!

This is the Tower, the centerpiece of the campus. During some events, the students split into smaller groups. Every group had a funny name. Kyle’s was “Scholars With No Dollars.” Julia liked the female group, “The Towerpuff Girls.”

During lunch Saturday, Mrs. Earp and Kyle walked into the cafeteria, and Kyle was flagged down by a table of girls. He dumped Mrs. Earp and walked over to eat with the hotties. I don’t blame him.

Besides his lacrosse teammates, he is making many, many friends, both men and women. He seems to be more outgoing than he was in high school, which is a good thing. Later Saturday, they attended a church service in the gym. Mrs. Earp said most of the others were dressed in Sunday best, while my family was dressed, um, comfortably. At one point, it came to a part where you kneel, and Kyle figured they would sit, because there were no kneelers. Most of the Texas people knelt on the floor. Mrs. Earp muttered, “You’ve gotta be kidding me.”

Now maybe my Texas friends can answer this. I know it’s Texas, but is it really like that in most churches? For a northeastern guy, it’s, well, different.

Kyle sent me a text string Friday night, and complained most of the people at Dallas were “much smarter than me.” He seemed really down, and I did my best to reassure him. College is scary, but he’s a hard worker, and will do just fine. I saw very little sleep Friday night, stressing about how he was feeling. On Saturday, Mrs. Earp said he was much better, and at one point said, “You know I’ll be fine. You don’t have to worry.”

We’re parents. We worry from cradle to our grave. It’s our job. That said, I think he’ll be okay there. He is totally in love with Texas, UD, and the people. Plus, his home lacrosse schedule is nowhere near as tough as last year’s.

7 thoughts on “He’s Officially On His Own

  1. College is a huge transition for everyone involved. It’s good however, that he is an athlete. That will help him assimilate quicker and easier than many others. I am willing to bet Mrs. Earp cried off and on on her way back home. I know I did when we dropped my daughter off for the first time. Have a great first year, Kyle!

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  2. He will be fine. He has already made new friends, and friends stick together and pull for each other.

    And I suspect, he’ll find a nice lady to spend time with. In a few months, he’ll be like, “Mom and Dad who?” 🙂

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      1. Dallas is VERY Christian. Not crazy Christian, but the dorms are all men or all women. Students have to be out of other sex dorms by 10pm and when they’re in a room, the deadbolt must to activated and the door open. The deadbolt keeps it open a crack.

        Some of the other parents were whining about that, but honestly, with today’s alleged “rape culture,” this is a great idea.

        Besides, Kyle never had use for girlfriends in high school – too much drama – so this won’t be a problem.

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  3. Ronni – There’s a Facebook site for parents run by Texas UD parents. They told out-of-staters they will help with anything – rides to doctors, to the airport, shopping centers – anything to make things easier for non-Texans. TXnick offered the same, and one of Mrs. Earp’s friends did so, too. It’s a really helpful to know they’re there.

    Of course, his best friends on the lax team have a car, so they may bee able to drive him to the airport at Thanksgiving.

    TXNick – Probably. All his new female friends on Instagram are crazy cute. Kyle, Sam, and Christian – his lax friends – went to the field last night to shoot and pass the ball around. He texted me, “So I was shooting today with kids and it was 90 degrees. No biggie.” He said it wasn’t too humid and there was a breeze. Welcome to Texas.

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  4. Hey, tell Kyle that one of your irregular regulars said to consult Julia’s drawing when he has doubts or feels on the dumb side.

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