Getting Closer

With the summer winding down and the school year getting closer I find myself trying to accomplish the last things on my list with urgency. There are four items remaining: Call my brother to take the 1950’s fridge out of my garage that he wants, Sign up to do a flea market, start a bathroom remodel, visit colleges with my daughter. Where did the summer go? Well the last item, to visit colleges, is the one I am focusing on for this week. Today actually. We leave in an hour for a 6 hour ride to Virginia. I am anxious about driving such a distance. I have provisions, a magazine to read, a book to finish, a word search, even some good movies (i.e. “To Kill a Mockingbird” and some Stephen Kings). It’s just me, my mom and my daughter. I’m hoping it’s a smooth, quick ride. My daughter seems hesitant too. She has been talking about visiting the colleges all summer. Is this how it is for everybody? How do we not get stuck in our emotions over this giant decision, and the ambivalence, and nerves? I’m hoping the ride back, in a few days, will give us some really good points to reflect on and talk about, along with some positive feelings of accomplishment.

Published by kflockhart

I've enjoyed writing since the first grade, since my aunt gave me a journal so long ago to write in. Now I write to enjoy the moments. I write to stretch and share my thoughts. I write to connect and find calm. Raising three kids, three rabbits and two cats, with a school social work career, I need the daily refuge writing offers. The simple reflections allow for an abundance of memories to the hurried pace of life.

One thought on “Getting Closer

  1. All I can tell you is that when my first born looked at colleges (2012) he went to a range of schools. And we started early- winter of his sophomore year in HS. He had made a huge spread sheet of what he was looking for in the institutions and from college life. When we visited one in July of the year before was a senior – we got in the car to drive home – a four hour drive- and I said, what did you think?! He said, what do you mean?! That’s where I’m going to go. And before senior year had even started he was done with his college search. 8 years later he’s still there and will finish his PhD next spring. It was a good call. I think most students know when the visit feels right! It is stressful but try to enjoy the ride!

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