No sooner had the first few notes played when all of a sudden I found myself really, really missing Amanda. Now, that's not to say that this is the first time that I've missed her since she went off to Montserrat but you know how there are just some songs that will bring a lot of memories springing right to the surface? Yep, that's one of 'em right there for the simple reason that it's the last song that I "stole" from her after hearing it a few times in the car and deciding that I rather liked it!
As much as I love having Jamie living at home with me now, I still miss her older sister from time to time (though I beg of you not to tell her that as I'm supposed to be made of sterner stuff!) and I even miss a lot of the music that she used to play though most of it was from the likes of Ludo, Creature Feature, and a bunch of bands that a lot of people may have never heard of. After all, she also liked movie soundtracks and I've got both Inception and Sherlock Holmes downloaded on my iPhone, too, along with a host of music from Doctor Who. I'd like to think the kid takes after me and has good taste in music! With her gone, I'm a little afraid I'm going to be totally out of touch with new stuff now as Jamie is much more partial to older groups like AC/DC and Nickelback. Not that there's anything wrong with that, mind you! Ah well ... she'll just have to get me caught up when she's home for Thanksgiving break!
In the meantime, just in case you're wondering how she's been doing ... I'm guessing that she's loving pretty much every moment of college life as I very rarely hear from my oldest daughter unless she's running low on cash, has a question of some sort, or wants to tell me about the awesome Ludo concert that she went to in Boston or that she found the coolest bookstore in Salem that had the best selection of Gris Grimly books evah! So good in fact that she spent $20 of her food money on a couple of them and said she wouldn't mind missing a few meals for the cause! Nice to know that some things never change!
Oh, speaking of change, Amanda has a new roommate and they're like two peas in a pod as you can see from this picture I took when I was up that way a couple weekends ago ...
That's Eli (actually her name is Elizabeth but there are several other Elizabeths in their house so she goes by Eli) and she's from New Hampshire. Like Amanda she's a freshman and wants to do her concentration in illustration and they have A LOT in common. They managed to talk their respective roommates into doing a room switch and now share a room on the third floor of the house across from Amanda's original room. They think they even look a little bit alike and I'm inclined to agree!
After I took the two of them out to lunch in Gloucester with Jamie and I, they hammed it up a little bit in front of their house before we said our good-byes to head back to Connecticut and they went to go do laundry and homework. So even though I do miss Amanda from time to time, especially when I hear a song that reminds me of her, I'm very pleased to know that she's doing well at college and has made friends. It does a Mom's heart good to know that her offspring are happy!