I like to remind the Offspring of what applying to college was like, way back in the stone age when I was a senior in high school.
We typed our applications, and if we were lucky we had an electric typewriter (rather than a manual one) to use.
There was no internet, and there were no cell phones; we would line up at the single pay phone in the front of school during lunch hour and each call home to ask: was the mail delivered yet? Were there any envelopes? And if so, were the envelopes big or small?
These days college applications themselves are submitted online, and information is frequently provided through e-mail or by logging into the college website. Nevertheless, it appears that some schools still relish sending the old-fashioned Big Envelope -- for yesterday, Offspring the Third received a large, brightly-colored missive from his first choice school.
Congratulations, Offspring the Third. I am very happy for you.
4 days ago