My kids all have their own Gmail accounts. Actually, two accounts apiece. One user name is respectable and the other is more playful. I sign them up for them shortly after they are born because I'm crazy like that. As Claire has gotten old enough, she has occasionally used hers to email grandparents and such. I'm pretty sure my kids are going to thank me someday for getting them addresses ASAP so they aren't stuck with some user name that is followed by twelve impossible to remember numbers to make it unique.
But speaking of numbers at the end of an email address making it hard to remember, lately I'm having a problem. The kids' accounts all forward to my email and I'm getting email for some other Claire with the same last name. She is apparently some sucker whose mother DIDN'T sign her up for an address soon enough, so hers must have some numbers after it. But apparently she doesn't remember this. She thinks she owns the address with no numbers after it. How do you not know your own email address? I can understand one or two mistakes, but how exactly do you not notice that you haven't received things you're expecting? Important things!
She appears to now be a senior in high school considering various colleges. She lives in Georgia and attends Baylife Church. She is not getting her church newsletter. Nor is she getting messages from her chemistry study group. She is not getting her J.Crew ads. Or several other store ads. But worst of all, she is not getting info about deadlines for online registration to Duke University, Vanderbilt, and Georgia Tech.
I am also now in possession of her login names for these online registrations and, since OBVIOUSLY I know her first and last name, I'm pretty sure I could reset the password on most of her accounts. But I'm not going to. She's lucky I'm a nice person. I really do hope she's not missing all these deadlines that I keep getting emailed about.
Also, I hope none of these universities find out about all of this. Do you really think someone will believe you are Duke material if you can't figure out your own email address???