Judy, a freshman in college, was studying for her English test, when there was a knock on her dorm room door. She went to answer the door.
“Hi Mom.” she smiled.
“Can I come in?” said Mom.
“Sure,” Judy stepped out of the way and her mom entered.
Her mom had a serious look on her face, “I love you very much and we have always been close. Why don't you stay in touch?”
Judy went back over and sat at her desk, “Mom! I e-mail and text you every couple of days.”
Her mom went over and stood in front of her desk. “Judy, you have been at school for two months. You only live 15 minutes away from home; the first couple of weeks you came over on Sundays. Now we don’t hear from you.”
A confused look came over Judy's face, “Mom, we have sent e-mails and have texted each other. I am very busy. I am studying for tests, I have papers to write. I would like to get to know other people.”
Mom shook her head, “Judy, that is all fine but we never meet face to face. E-mails and text messages are very impersonal.”
Judy gave her mom an angry look, “Mom, I go school during to day and I work three evenings a week. Again, I have tons of homework to do. I would love to get together with you more, but I can’t. I am not your little girl anymore."
Mom sighed, “Are Thanksgiving and Christmas going to be the only time we will see you?”
Mom reached over and gave Judy a side hug. “I love you very much. Dad and I desire to be close to you. E-mails are impersonal. It’s about having a meaningful relationship with you. You could at least go to church and have lunch with us on Sundays. We have been so close for years and you don‘t live that far away You can‘t give us a few hours a week. A couple of Sundays a month? ”
Judy threw her pencil down, “Mom, I don’t have that much time anymore.”
Mom's eyes rolled, “You can’t come see me and your dad on two Sundays a month!
Don’t you eat on Sunday?”
Judy gave her mom an angry look, “I do eat on Sunday.”
Her mom smiled, “We love you; we want to see you more. Being in college should not change our relationship. Were afraid of loosing you ”
Judy sighed and she shook her head as gave up the fight with her mom. “Okay mom, I will try to find time on a few Sundays a month. I love you.”
“I love you too.”
Judy went and found time with her parents and continued their close relationship
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