Well, Son #1 will graduate this May. It is really much harder than I expected to think of turning him loose into the world. I don’t know how my parents did it. I had no ability to make decisions (except possibly the WRONG ones). I had no ability to see into the future and around corners to know how my current actions my impact my future. I’m now looking at my own kid and realizing with CLARITY that he doesn’t possess many of these skills either.
I want him to enjoy his youth….I want him to be carefree and fun….but I also want him to have some ADULT sensibilities, which right now…well….not so much. I want him to be able to make solid, mature decisions, yet have the fun a college youth SHOULD have. I want him to break away, yet still need me sometimes.
How do college kids manage? How do they wrap their minds around their studies? What makes some kids studious and industrious and others nothing but party animals? What keeps the party animals ALIVE and making it through school? HOW DID I DO IT? I didn’t. I screwed around, partied a lot, and was UN-invited to return after my first semester. With my 1.5 gpa or whatever.
Luckily, the University must have been USED to this sort of behavior….because when I appealed, I got re-admitted under academic probation, and although I squeaked by---I still had no motivation to succeed in school. I just cared enough to get by. I met my husband in college and he was much more motivated than I was, but he was dragged down by my party girl attitude.
Anyway, now my own son looks at me like I am a clueless alien. One that could NEVER imagine all the fun stuff the world holds…….and that he wants to try it all at least once and the REALLY fun stuff multiple times.
I think, how will he learn to feed himself? Work? Mange to keep his grades up while experiencing the fun part of early college? HELP ME INTERNET…..HELP ME WRAP MY BRAIN AROUND THIS……Tell me that we all did it. That we all turned into decent people. That he won’t DIE OR BECOME HOMELESS.
Anyway, here are some ‘senior’ photos of my baby. Mr. Perfectly is the photographer.
Look at ALL of them……and LOVE IT!!
Isn't he awesome? I KNOW!!!!!
Also, I need graduation party ideas. Low key and simple. He's not into over the top.
Toodles for now. Happy Tuesday.