When my child moved out to go to school, it was a bittersweet phase for my wifey and I. Every one of us was worried to see him transfer out, but both of us were pretty happy to have the whole house to ourselves! Despite the excitement, both of us wanted to keep tabs on her and make sure she wasn’t starving or walking around campus in tattered clothes, several weeks after she moved, the school had a parent visitation day, and both of us got to come see our daughter, meet her friends and so on. When both of us arrived at her dorm, my wife and I were cheerful to see it was neat and orderly – but both of us were horrified by the temperature in the room! I asked her how long it’s been this high temperature, and she told us it’s been that way since she moved in. Come on, why wouldn’t she say something to the school about that? Turns out, none of the dorm rooms have a/cs, and the students were told to supply their own fans. What a disgrace, but despite my anger towards the school, I wanted to make sure my girl had what she needed to stay cool and comfortable in her small room away from home. I had my daughter and wife walk around campus while I went to the big box hardware store and picked up an evaporative cooler that was portable. I have used one of these at my place, and they are incredibly useful for keeping a small space cool without running up your energy bills, and by the time I got back, I met my daughter and wife at the door of her dorm room; My child looked embarrassed to have her parents still trying to help her, but that’s a young adult for you. I told her I trusted her to set it up, and before my wife and I left to go back home, I saw her and her dorm mate learning through instructions to use it. However now when I call her, my daughter tells me how popular she is for having the “coolest” room in school. Corny joke, I know, but that’s what dads do.
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