Sunday, July 26, 2009

Dear BYU...


Dear BYU,

I am perturbed at you. You have made me feel mad, sad, anxious, irritable, a little depressed, slightly insecure, and a whole lot of old. You see, my oldest daughter will be attending your "hallowed campus" in the fall. Be good to her because I had to leave her with you today. Because of you lurking in the background, I was constantly aware of the hours ticking down until I had to return to Idaho without her. Because of you I didn't really get to enjoy the time with my family because I was too preoccupied with Sunday - the day I left. Because of you I wasn't myself most of the time while I was in Utah. That's not fair and I'm a little irked. Please take care of her and make sure you take every precaution to ensure her safety while on your campus. Are the locks to the dorms new? Are all the lightbulbs in the outside floodlights working by her dorm? Are your campus policemen well rested? Are the boys who will attend your school fully passing background checks? Are the creepers and men in their 30s told to stay away from incoming freshmen girls? Let me assure you, I have many more questions for you since it is not easy to leave a child at school and return home to find her bedroom empty, her picture wall blank, her clothes absent from the closet and dresser, and to find no laptop on the computer desk. Not easy AT ALL.

BYU, will you please make sure she finds gainful employment with you? She is a good worker and knows how to be consistent and responsible in her work environment. She has an open mind and has been exposed to lots of diversity in her short 18 years. Please make sure her mind is continually expanding with lots of valuable information that your employed professors get paid to impart. She is a very tolerant individual - one who gives people a chance even when they look, sound, or seem close minded. Keep her head full of important facts and make sure we get our money's worth each and every day.

BYU, you are getting her for 4 years - maybe 6 if she likes you enough and wants to continue to grace your classrooms for even more higher education. But that's it! You don't get her for one year more. Give her back to me after she is finished!

BYU, do you get many letters from selfish mothers like me? Am I the only one? Do you think I'm being a little overbearing in writing this note to you? Hmmm. I don't and I really don't care what you think. I love her enough to let you know my feelings about how you are taking her away from me. I know it's for the best and that she will enjoy her years with you, but I intend for you to take the very best care of her that you possibly can. Do we have a deal? I hope so.

Sincerely,
The momentarily slightly blue mother of Alyssa.

8 comments:

Yeargains said...

ok missie!! Because I have two young daughters ready to do the same I sat and cried reading this. Hannah and Hailey are now a senior and junior...and I am in a panicky state. I hope you have a strong shoulder for me this time next year...and the next!! Love to you!

Lisa Yeargain

Stephanie said...

BYU is lucky to have her! What a great letter. Please forward it directly to them! :)

Tracy said...

Ah Kris, this was sweet - you are just too cute. I'm so excited for Alyssa, but I am sad for you! That would be SO tough!! We'll have to have some girl's nights so you can talk, cry, whatever!! You are a wonderful mom.

The Ball Babies said...

Thanks, ladies! Your comments made me feel better, as I'm sure time will as well. But this is the weirdest thing our family has had to go through. Must mean we're getting old and so are our kids. Where did the time go?

Lindsay Lou said...

I miss Alyssa too Mom. We'll see her soon though and she sounds like she's doing fine.

Ted and Leslie said...

Kris, I'm looking to you for guidance. I feel a sense of panic just sending my oldest to Junior High!!! How will I ever cope when it times for her to go to college?! Is homeschooling an option????? :)

Holly said...

If Alyssa is anything like her mother (and I know she is) she will do fantastic at BYU. If ever given the opportunity I will happily help watch over/take care of her while she is here in Utah. Love to you and the whole Ball family!

Aly G said...

Just know she is in good hands at BYU! My only worry is she will become a ZOOBIE! Nick and I are going to do our darndest to make it never happen! Don't worry we will take good care of her!:)