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Time warp

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Last night, I peppered the kid with questions about his first week of school, as we sat in the dusk waiting fruitlessly for fish to nibble on the fake rubber bait on our lines. He told me about his classes, with scary names, about his volunteering, about his being an officer for one club, being a consultant for a tiny startup, being rushed by a nerdy fraternity, auditioning for the orchestra, and on and on. And I, being the ridiculously partial parent that I am, found myself admiring the kid so much. He's trying so hard, his very best, to get the most out of his college experience. He's not going to succeed at everything, but he's trying so much, and I'm so proud of him.

This morning, after birthday cake and seeing the kid leave for his dorm, we went through the photos from last night, and I came across this one which our younger kid took while we walked slowly to fish on the pier:

He looks like a young man ready to face the world, doesn't he? I marvel at the speed at which he's grown up. When he was born, a friend told me that every parent enters a time warp. It certainly feels that way now!

I did okay today. To work off the slice of birthday cake, I dragged myself onto the treadmill. I fed the kid a lot of fruit because I know he doesn't eat much of it at school. And I think I hugged him about every ten minutes in the two hours he was awake today before he left for campus.
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    Thanks for sharing such a great photo. Keep it close by and look at it every time you start to miss him. You have raised a wonderful son. emoticon emoticon
    2058 days ago
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    Wow! This is amazing! You did that! You created a young man who is ready to conquer the world! Give yourself a pat on the back momma! You did well!!
    2060 days ago
    What a wonderful picture, your daughter did good! How exciting for you and your son, my kids did not go away to college and we missed that experience.
    2060 days ago
    Lovely! Honestly, when I first saw that photo, I thought it was a professional shot off the Internet. I didn't expect that to be your son! Yes, indeed he looks like a young man ready to face the world. Your daughter caught him in such a poignant pose-- stopped there on the path to survey what's before him, which is a beautiful sky and a big body of water. He's off on his own! Your daughter captured a touching image.

    Ha ha! Your fake bait didn't work! So funny! Not a single nibble?! Seems like the fish missed a great chance to mock your efforts! Just kidding. It's the family togetherness that counts, and the rubber bait story will be a great addition to your family lore.

    He will do great! He sounds like such an earnest young man. I hope he can do all the things he's set out to do in his college life.
    2060 days ago
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