The Upside of Sending my Son to Uni

OK, so it’s not a writing themed blog in the strict sense of the word, but I’ve just reached a major transitional stage in my life – my eldest is leaving home! I will miss him so much and worry about him every day so I thought it only appropriate to cheer myself up by taking a humorous look at the positive side of sending my son off to uni. Parents, I bet you can identify with some of these.

N.B. I had originally scheduled this blog for around this time having already written it a while back. However, due to recent events in the Mannion family household I did have doubts about publishing a humorous article during a period of sadness. After many deliberations I have decided to go ahead. One thing that my children’s grandparents have bequeathed them is a cracking sense of humour, and they wouldn’t expect us to stop having a laugh because they are no longer with us. So, here it is – a humorous look at what I won’t miss when my son goes off to university:

Leaving for Uni

  1. He has a giant amplifier and a set of drums – need I say more?
  2. My Muller Light toffee yoghurts are finally mine.
  3. I don’t take my life into my own hands every time I enter his room, which resembles an obstacle course for military training.
  4. The bathroom will now be vacant for most of the morning.
  5. I can open the kitchen cupboards and find clean glasses and, as an added bonus, clean cups as well.Pizza and Beer
  6. I don’t have to watch him polishing off a 12 inch pizza followed by a tub of Ben and Jerry’s, a packet of crisps and two cans of beer; yet still remain skinny. Meanwhile I have to diet continually just to stay ‘well proportioned’.
  7. I get to spend more time with my husband while his taxi service is suspended.
  8. There’ll be no more having to emerge dripping from the shower in search of my shampoo and conditioner, when I suddenly discover that he’s nicked them YET AGAIN!
  9. I don’t have to give any more post-hangover (his hangover, not mine) tips on the best methods of removing vomit from jeans to ensure that you don’t clog up the washing machine.
  10. I won’t have to listen to the migraine-inducing, ear-piercing, repetitive bleep of the freezer door every time he fails to shut it properly.
  11. I won’t have to put my hand into a sink full of gunge because he’s (a) pushed the plug in again and (b) chucked his leftover baked beans, hot chocolate and ice-cream into the sink resulting in a revolting and potentially lethal mash-up!
  12. I won’t be bothered by his refusal to wear slippers, despite 18 years of nagging, resulting in a rapid turnover of socks and a malodorous whiff when he enters the room.

A Mother's LoveI must emphasise here that despite his foibles I love him to bits and wouldn’t trade him for the world. I’m also extremely proud of him; he’s a loving son, a great character and he’s worked really hard to gain a place studying medicine at a top university.

To get back to the writing theme, I find that humorous writing is one of the most difficult genres to write for. I was tasked recently with writing some web copy for a consumer finance company. The snag was that I had to make it slightly humorous – a bit of a challenge to say the least! After all, what’s funny about wills, pensions and life insurance? Thankfully I managed to achieve it by turning things on their head slightly, but it wasn’t easy.

I think that most of us see the humorous side of life and having a laugh comes naturally. Quite often wit happens spontaneously but to have to produce humorous writing to order is very demanding. That’s why I take my hat off to the guys that manage to achieve it continuously.

I would love to hear your thoughts about the writing genres that you think are most challenging to write for and why.

8 thoughts on “The Upside of Sending my Son to Uni

  1. Haha! 😉 Love it… gosh, I bet the house will feel empty without him. My nephew went off to Uni last week and seems to be having the time of his life already! It seems to have taken him less than a couple of days to settle in. Hopefully your son will be the same. X

  2. Thanks Alice, I’m glad you liked it. My son isn’t as positive as he was given recent circumstances, but I’m sure he’ll soon settle in and have a great time. I’m glad your nephew is enjoying student life. x

  3. The bathroom, Diane, the bathroom… How are they capable of passing exams but not realising that towels can’t hang themselves up?
    Have to say as someone who does find that writing humour comes relatively easily (but as my youngest son says, “You’re just not wired up right, Dad”) the one piece of advice I’d give is ‘keep it short.’ If you don’t have a joke inside a sentence – and ideally in 6 or 7 words – then you don’t have a joke. As that bloke from Stratford said, ‘Brevity is soul of wit.’

  4. Thanks for the tip Mark. I actually thought of you when I wrote this as you’re so good at this sort of thing, and I thought it would be fun to try a little humorous writing. I think that seeing the funny side of things is what keeps us parents at times when we could be driven to despair.

  5. I am sure your son will have a great time at university Diane. He must be very clever. All of us males have no doubt had similar habits at one time or another. I am also no longer able to get away with eating the pizza and tub of ice-cream whilst remaining thin. As for the hangovers complete with vomiting, they are fairly rare occasions these days. Sorry to hear about your loss.

  6. Thanks Guy, yes he and his sister are both very bright. My husband claims they get it from him but I beg to differ – ha ha! I think he will enjoy uni once he gets there – he loves socialising and is fascinated by medicine and science in general so what’s not to like? I think that our recent loss has come at a bad time when the kids are both going through transitions but there is never a good time for bereavement is there?

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