Thursday, August 19, 2010

Bad Day Box!

With Anna going away to school, I thought that I would make her a gift that would make her feel better when times got rough. Yes, there are times when I can be nice to her.
I took a simple photo box that was marked down and added some ribbon and a huge bow. I normally would have spray painted a shoe box but I'm running behind on time lately.



I knew that I wanted to do something like this for a while so I started collecting little trinkets that were on sale a while ago. There is some nail polish, a movie, a little bowling game, some bath stuff. Nothing that was too expensive but just a little something to put a smile on her face.
I also have been asking family and friends to write her a little uplifting and/or funny note to add to the box. That way when she has a bad day she can take out a present and a note. Awwwww, I can be sweet sometimes, can't I?
I think that I'm going to make one of these every time that someone is going away to college. It won't cost that much and will be original.
Thanks for stopping over,
SonyaAnn

22 comments:

Annie Jones said...

Neat idea! My kid would've had them all open before she even arrived at school, though.

Sheila said...

Good idea!! I bet Anna will love it.
You're a good mom!! I hope the rest of the week goes smoothly for y'all.

SonyaAnn said...

Annie Jones-I hope that she has a bit of self control with this. It took some thought and time.

SonyaAnn said...

Sheila-Thank you. I like little cheap gifts that keep on giving!
And I too, hope that things get a bit better here!

A.Marie said...

What a great idea!! See, those items that you have been collecting for awhile now have come in handy!! Kudos to you!!! You are so smart, do you know that!!!

Tell Anna "Good Luck" as she starts this new chapter in her life! :)

slugmama said...

What a sweet, clever thing to do!
But mine would also have little self-control and open it all the first bad day they had.lolol
I'll just have to continue to pay to ship things one at a time to college....

McVal said...

You do know they're ALL going to get opened at once... right?

Jill said...

Love this! I use photo boxes when we go on long trips and fill them with activities fort the girls. Your daughter will love and appreciate this! So sweet!
Blessings,
Jill

Donna Freedman said...

What a nice mom you are. Despite everything. ;-)

SonyaAnn said...

A.Marie-Thank you, I feel so intelligent and loved! You leave good comments!

Frances said...

SonyaAnn, this a a wonderful thing to do! You are a good mama. (I would have opened them all at once. LOL!)

SonyaAnn said...

slugmama-LOL!
I think Anna is having a bad day. She said that her room mate is throwing one party after another in their room and she isn't invited! NICE! I'm calling telling her to lock up her stuff. And who would have thought that Anna would be the mature one. I told her to go to her R.A. for help. And the girl told Anna she likes it have sex with a few guys at a time. Flipping great!

SonyaAnn said...

McVal-Maybe! But I bet she won't tell me if she does!

SonyaAnn said...

Jill-Great minds think alike! Maybe I will be as sweet as you one day, no probably not!

SonyaAnn said...

Donna Freedman-Thank you and move in day went well and she was pretty nice. Who knew!
And read the comment that I left for slugmama. Why can't things just go smoothly?

SonyaAnn said...

Frances-I have no self control with ice cream but I think that I could wait with the gifts. But if I was having a really terrible day I would open two!

slugmama said...

So Anna's roommate is a partying nymphomaniac??!!
OMG!
I know it will be hard but try to refrain from getting involved...let Anna handle it for now.
Maybe she can ask to switch rooms?
I have to tell you that I drove my 1st roommate away.....and I didn't even do anything to her!lol She had never even been away from home before...18 yrs. old and never been away from her parents before, can you imagine?lol She couldn't handle living in the dorm and moved back home after a month and a bit. Oh, how I got a rep at school for that....
Hang in there!!

SonyaAnn said...

slugmama-Anna and I had our first adult conversation. She talked and I bit my tongue. It went well and she had a plan in place. WHO THE HELL KNEW? She said she could stay with a couple of friends for the night if it got real bad. She said that way if it was real late she had a place to stay and wouldn't be homeless. And I thought ok, that works. Then she said she was going to have a boundaries talk with her. She said if that didn't work she was going to her RA. Then she said she would move. Her plan was completely thought out. I was in shock. Hmmmmm, why the hell didn't she just do this at home? I'll keep you posted!
That sucked about your first roommate!I hate when you catch shit and you didn't deserve the pile!

slugmama said...

"....I was in shock. Hmmmmm, why the hell didn't she just do this at home? I'll keep you posted!"
Oh I bet your tongues is all tore up from all that gnawing on it!lolol
Go give yourself a big pat on the back about Anna! You done good raising her right and she is well on her way to being a wonderful competent adult!

She just needed to get out in the world to spread her wings.....it's easier when mom and dad are there to direct things, so why act like a grownup...what kid wouldn't let the parents handle things, right? I bet that's why you didn't see any of this before.

Anna will be FINE...I have confidence in her! Hell, she sounds like she's more on the ball than any of us were at that age, even me with my having to grow up early issues.lol

SonyaAnn said...

slugmama-"Oh I bet your tongues is all tore up from all that gnawing on it!lolol"-YES!!!! Boy it is so hard for me to keep it shut!
Well thank you for the compliment but she has only been there two days, give it a week or two! And my guess is she will be moving.
I grew up early too. It wasn't an easy childhood by any stretch. But we turned out alright even though we raised ourselves!

Nicole said...

When one of my friends from high school got depressed, I put a box like that together with donations from everybody on my hall in college. Perfect strangers filled it up with thoughts on how they try to feel better when they're down... and candles and new age mysticism and who knows what else (several of them didn't let me see what they put in).

As an RA I had to mediate a lot of roommate situations. One thing we liked to do was give a roommate agreement sheet that addressed things like what to do about intercourse, eating others food, sleeping etc. It was usually easier to agree on things day 1 than when they occurred. This roommate sounds like she's... special, though so I'd recommend talking to an RA. She might be able to get a different assignment, or even a single, if things are too bad. Or just mediation on ground rules, which is often all it takes.

SonyaAnn said...

Nicole-I love to hear stories on how complete strangers will go out of their way to help someone. It sounds like you mentored some wonderful people.
I think that I''ll go to you for advise on what to do about her room mate. But from what Anna has said so far I think she will burn herself out really quickly.
Thank you for the wonderful advise and for coming to see me!