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With college comes freedom and the ability to do what you want, when you want, without your parents breathing down your throat.
That is, as long as you call home from time to time to let them know you're alright.
Ann Pinto McCarney posted a video Facebook on Wednesday calling out her son, Liam McCarney, who left his home in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, for Gettysburg College about a month ago, and only called home once before this week. Since Wednesday, the clip has been viewed more than 1 million times.
"Do you remember me? I'm your mommy! I gave birth to you," McCarney said in the video.
In an interview with NBC affiliate NBC10, McCarney said one of the reasons she posted the video was because: "As soon as I gave birth and got stretch marks, I figured I had a right to torture him as much as I want."
In the Facebook video, McCarney mentioned her son's "mama boy" days, when he was attached to her hip and even described what his dad looks like, in case he forgot.
"When you're in your dorm at night, do you wonder who fed you for the first 18 years of your life?" McCarney asked.
While she was jogging his memory, she decided to give Liam the benefit of the doubt and realized maybe he didn't forget her. Instead, he could have forgotten how to use a phone, so she began to teach him.
"I'm a mommy and mommys help their kids learn, like I taught you how to go to the potty and ride a bike, so I'm going to teach you how to use a phone," McCarney said.
She went on to call him out on using the phone that her and her husband bought him to text his girlfriend every day and made a lighthearted threat that he should give his parents a call before they pay the next installment of his tuition.
Liam ended up calling his parents on Thursday, which was the second call he made to them since leaving home. The first call was asking his dad to mail his Game Boy games.
McCarney told NBC10 that in addition to the lack of phone calls, when they would send him a text to check up on him, they received one-word answers back.
"I'm truly hoping that in college, they teach him to complete a sentence," McCarney told NBC10.
She admits to being a "hot mess" when her oldest daughter went away to college and she didn't take it any better when it was Liam's turn.
"Sending your child off to college is so bittersweet to begin with. There's a combination of your heart is soaring and swelling with pride and yet it's breaking at the same time," McCarney told NBC10. "So when you let them go like that, you don't want to feel like you've been completely erased from their life. I think it struck a chord."