So then…my funny, smart, gorgeous niece with long flowing blonde hair zips upstairs. I turn to my sister Della and say, “I can’t believe she’s going off to college next year! Are you worried about all those college boys? I remember how worried I was when YOU went off to college!”
“What are you talking about?” she asks.
“You were a perky beautiful cheerleader! I remember saying to Mom, ‘Aren’t you worried about Della going to a coed college after 4 years of an all-girls high school?’ And Mom innocently said, ‘But she’s going to Texas Christian University.’ And I said, “Mom! Christian college boys have hormones too! You better have a serious talk with her!”
Della laughs and says, “Well, you guys gave me plenty of advice before college. Our older brother gave me a copy of the book about the Hillside Strangler and told me, ‘never date a guy with a windowless van!’ And do you remember what you told me?”
“No, what?” I ask.
“You said, ‘You have big boobs – and boys will want to touch them. So be careful.”
I laugh. “Well, that’s true!”
She says, “And our little brother told me, ‘Never run on campus.’”
“‘Never run on campus?’” I say. “What’s that got to do with college boys?”
“Nothing. He just told me, ‘No matter how late you are for class, never run on campus. You’ll look like an idiot.’”
We both laugh.
— Darcy Perdu
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(What advice did people give YOU when you went off to college? What advice will you give YOUR kids? Any words of wisdom people gave you about dealing with members of the opposite sex?)