Whatever Happened to Carpe Diem?

September 16, 2014 2:44 PM

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Whatever Happened to Carpe Diem?

From coast to coast, the following is happening in homes across the country: Parents are walking past open bedroom doors and pausing. These empty rooms have bedcovers that remain smoothly in place and drawers and closet doors that remain closed. They have no keys thrown on a desk and no half-empty bottles of Gatorade or iced tea perched on a shelf; no corners filled with sweaty socks and not one piece of electronics plugged in and charging.

Behold the arrival of the "neat room" for the first time in a long time. Parents haven't seen it in years, mostly because the space was inhabited by the preadolescent-then-teenager in their home. In my case, those "lived-in" spaces were filled with towels that never once found their way back to the ...

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