Stage One- "I can't wait until you get out of the house." Moving out means no more crazy schedules to keep up with, no more arguments over stupid little issues, and no more teenage appetites to attempt to sate.
Stage Two- "I must impart my wisdom to you." At the most random times, a parent will start advising you as to how to wisely live your college years. One minute you'll be talking about the nightmarish BC calculus test you just took that day and somehow your mom will manage to connect that thought to importance of always carrying pepper spray with you. Don't ask me how these two thoughts are related.
Stage Three- "Lists! Lists! Lists" Some parents take comfort in making lists of anything and everything you'll need/want at college. You'll wake up and you'll find lists scattered all around the house. What a frightening alternate universe you've been dropped off into!
Stage Four- "Don't leave!!!" Self explanatory.
If you're like me, you care that you have what you NEED for college, but you genuinely care not in the slightest if the color of your bed sheets coordinate with the color of the trash can that'll be next to your desk. Who cares if I buy these bed covers verus those bed covers? I just need something to sleep in and on! In my opinion, deciding dorm accessories seems like such a frivolous concern when I could be perfecting the exposition of Mozart's flute concerto in G major or writing a poem that could change the world.
If you have a neurotic parent like mine, that parent has created a bunker stockpiled with everything that you'll need and don't care about for college. In that mountain of supplies, you'll find a random and odd assortment of things you'd never expect to be taking. A sewing kit. A can opener. A tea kettle? Really?
Neurotic parents plan early. Several months before move-in day. No joke. What's even more disturbing is that they'll spend entire days just planning for your move-in and then, they'll pester you at the worst times asking you if you'd prefer this kind of iron pictured in the Walmart advertisement than the one she already bought at Target.
Beware these neurotic parents at their craziest but do remember to thank them in the future; they're nutty for a good reason. You may not appreciate their neuroticism now, but you'll appreciate it when you're all set up in your color coordinated dorm with all the supplies you could possibly need for your first year of college.