Greetings and salutations on this first day of August! I have a lump in my throat, writing that. The countdown is officially on. We take my daughter to college on August 19th, and I think it’s safe to say, none of us are quite ready for this. It’s definitely a new frontier.
When her older brother went to college three years ago, he chose to stay close to home. Even though he lived in a dorm on campus, he was close enough that I could drop something by if I needed to, and we got to go to the football games and see him play in the marching band. Plus, his roommate was a good friend from high school, so that eliminated a certain degree of stress from the situation.
As much as I’d encouraged him to go farther away and spread his wings a bit, I was relieved when it came time to drop him off at college. I remember thinking that I was so glad I didn’t have to face the daunting task of dropping my child off at college on the other side of the state and driving away.
Well, he bought me some time… three years to be exact, but it looks like I’m going to have that moment with child #2 in just a few short weeks.
In this case, Caroline will be six hours away from home, and she doesn’t know a soul she will be going to college with. And while she is guaranteed a spot in one of the choral ensembles, thanks to a scholarship she received, she won’t meet anyone or get involved until she gets there. David, at least, got to meet some of the other kids in the marching band at the auditions during the summer.
Caroline is also in a different situation due to being cyber-schooled for the past 5 years. Returning to the classroom is going to be an adjustment, and she’s nervous about making new friends… she hasn’t had to do that in quite some time. But her biggest concern is leaving Savannah — her beloved canine friend and constant companion. That will, by far, be the biggest adjustment.
Caroline is pretty independent, and she’s not afraid of getting homesick or missing me; it’s leaving Savannah that is going to be so hard. Not only will she miss her while she’s away, but she worries that she doesn’t have many years left with her, as she’s getting up there in age. We aren’t even really sure how old she is because we got her as a rescue nine years ago. We’re guessing she’s 11 or 12… but she could be even older.
Anyway! To say we’re all a little nervous and on edge about this new adventure is a bit of an understatement. I’m comforting myself with the knowledge that we have family in the area who Caroline can reach out to if she needs to see some familiar faces, and at the end of the day, she’s only a six hour drive or a short plane flight away.
In other news, Becca starts percussion camp tomorrow (she plays the mallets) and she’s looking forward to a more typical marching band experience this year. While they did get to play last year, and parents were allowed in the stands to see the season finale performance, there were no football games or Cavalcades or any of the usual activities.
She’s a sophomore, so this will be the first year she gets the full high school marching band experience, and I hope nothing happens to change that. At the moment, they’re proceeding as everything is back to normal, but we’re still waiting to hear what the protocols will be for the school year. I suppose that might also affect sports and music activities, but I’m choosing to remain optimistic.
And I don’t have much to report on David, but yes, I do have a son too! I’m sure he would prefer I leave his name off the blog, anyway. He’s still working and living here at home, and he’s planning to take a few college courses this fall. He would be a senior this year, but he’s planning to spread his final credits out over the next three or four semesters.
It seems strange to me, as someone who took the traditional 4-year college route, but I guess there’s no reason to rush through it if he’s going to be living at home and working anyway.
So yeah, that’s the latest. Paul is probably going to have his surgery at the beginning of September, and I’m just over here trying to keep everyone on track. We have a bunch of appointments for various things we’re working through, and that keeps me busy. This is usually the “slow season” for the blog, but with everything else going on, I’m still scrambling to get my daily posts up on time.
We had friends over last night, which was nice, and it’s another rainy Sunday over here so maybe I’ll take a nap this afternoon.
I hope you enjoy what’s left of your weekend!