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Parent of the year

I’m a bad parent.

Parents leave you in flipping Rexburg

My two oldest daughters are attending college at BYUI in Rexburg Idaho.

For those of you not familiar with Rexburg, I will help. Imagine a town, close to nothing. Far away from airports, bus stops, trains, liquor stores, dispensaries, Starbucks. It’s like the town in Footloose. BYUI — That’s Brigham Young University: Idaho — is a great school. You go there to learn. My kids are going there to learn and stay outta trouble.

Thanks to COVID-19, the world is shutting down. That world includes BYUI. Classes have all been moved online for the rest of the semester where possible.

Once that announcement was made, there was a massive stampede of kids getting outta town. My children, however, are still there. My oldest is married. She and her husband are sticking it out as Rexburg is now home for them. My #2 daughter is a prisoner in her dorm until I make the trek to get her.

We talk every day. With everybody gone, the social scene is gone as well. The only people left are introverts, locals, weirdos, (but I repeat myself) and kids who have parents too lame to fish their precious children out of campus. Our phone conversations are really good. I think we have actually grown closer with everybody being apart (my take).

So amidst the drama of everything shut down, there’s plenty of time to do homework. Grades are holding steady. We also have time for memes.

Yes memes. Behold…

We are picking her up this weekend.

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