Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Tenth and a Half

Halfway through his tenth grade year, Daniel has started to receive mailings from colleges. The slick brochures and postcards started arriving this week. Ithaca, St. Mary's, Roanoke College, Missouri Institute of Science & Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Randolph Macon College. I opened up the brochure for Roanoke College, and the picture on the inside college is of two college guys standing near a body of water, both holding bottles of liquid. At a quick glance, it looks like they've been drinking heavily, straight from the bottle, by the river. When I read the text, it talked about an aquatic vertebrate project. The bottles are to collect specimens.

Look at all the shiny, happy college students! Smell the freshly printed ink on the slick brochures! I remember that smell. I remember opening up each new brochure as it arrived for me, wondering where I would go, and what the future would hold. Now that I'm on the parent end of things, I wonder what is the best choice for my child... how the hell will we pay for this... will there be gluten free foods available... where's the nearest hospital/endocrinologist... how the hell will we pay for this...

We still have a couple years to figure it all out. A couple of years for me to figure out how to let go.

6 comments:

Cara said...

My mom told me (7 years later of course) that she cried every day for a month when I went away to school. I never knew it. It's hard to let go. But it happens. And he'll be fine. :)
Oh, as for the meeting time, we were thinking around 12 noon at a place in Silver Spring. E-mail me and I'll get you the details. beth2027@yahoo.com

Sara said...

regarding celiac: when you do campus visit, make sure they set up a meeting for you with the director of dining services. We have some students with celiac here and there is a plan set up for them.
E-mail me from the address on my blog if you want more info.

Anonymous said...

You might want to have him check out that Ithaca brochure -- Ithaca (the city) is chock full of gluten-free goodness, and awareness is high enough there that it would surprise me if the college coupldn't accomodate him. But mostly, we live about an hour from there and you'd have to drive right past my house every time you came to visit him. Bonus!
Teri (of Teri and Mitch)

Naomi said...

Teri, funny thing... Ithaca was one of the first colleges to send a brochure this week! Good to know about the GF stuff there!

Isophorone said...

One more consideration: What does he get out of state that he can't get in state? I am just adding that since you were asking how the heck you were going to pay for it all.

Naomi said...

I'm not saying he has to go out of state. It's all money money money.