Text me… for my daughter going off to college
Today , Dr. Lai shares with us the texting guidelines she will be giving to her daughter as she goes away for college (wasn’t kindergarten just yesterday?). We can all learn from this list.
Text me to share a funny meme.
Text me to wish me a happy birthday and then follow it with a call.
Text me if you are about to go over our shared data plan.
Text me if you are deciding whether to study abroad.
Text me sooner than the day before spring break about your spring break plans.
Text me if you are unhappy about a break-up…even if you forgot to tell me you were going out in the first place.
Text me if you have a cold. I know you know what to do, but it will make us both feel better if I tell you to get good rest and hydrate well.
Text me if you are changing majors…but not before you have a plan for a new major
Text me if you find the essentials of life: “eat, sleep, drink, pee, poop,” difficult. Especially the poop—no one will ever obsess about your bowels like a mother (except maybe a grandmother).
Text me when you are not in class (because I know you will be paying rapt attention to your professors and sucking every last bit of paid knowledge out of their craniums).
Text me sometimes at 1am with the understanding that I will be texting you sometimes at 7 am.
Text me to ask for the phone number of your dentist, but do not ask me to schedule the appointment for you.
Do not text and ask me to email your professors.
Do not text me to ask about your clothing choices for the day…unless you just want me to say you look beautiful.
Do not text me asking for college housing deadline information; you have the same access to the internet as I do. Plus, you are actually on campus!
Do text me to complain about the 4 loads of laundry you did all Saturday afternoon -it makes me happy to see you can survive on your own- and I promise not to lecture you on how you allowed the laundry to pile up.
And of course, text me out of the blue just to say ❤️.
aka Naline Lai, MD
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