Out-of-the-blue IM from faraway collegeland:
Z-man (03:52:24 pm): Hey, mom... I don't think I've ever said this to you before... but thank you for being my mom, and for always being there for me. I never realized just how much you did for me until the move, and I underappreciated you by a longshot. I really thought I'd be fine away from home, and that the last thing I would miss would be my family- but holy crap did I have that wrong. October fourth can't come soon enough. I love you.