Spring break is so often the time for adventure. College students head off to party centrals, lucky families head off to early family vacation spots, concerned high school parents begin college tours, and then there are those who…stay home.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that. My family actually chose to stay right home and rest. Sleeping in, working in the garden, baseball games, playing chess by the fire (yes, it’s a COLD spring break here in California!) and catching up on dates with friends sounded like the perfect way to spend our free week.
But April showers have kept us more tucked up inside the house than we anticipated, which for me means time perched up in my office, gazing out the window and thinking and dreaming.
Yesterday my daughter joined my reverie and we began a virtual college tour on collegeboard.com. Amid our diligent shepherding through high school, she has begun to see the college light at the end of the tunnel. Soon our focus will change from getting her in to getting it financed, and we all know about the college tuition fears that today’s parents face.
There was something so exciting, though, about sitting up high with her and watching her click through all the college options she can look forward to that made my fears ease just the tiniest bit. College will come for her. She will be admitted somewhere, and will have that often joyous, stressful, and exhilarating experience that we wish for her. Years of scrimping and saving, studying, volunteering, and working will bring her dreams to reality and adventures to her life.
And three years from now, when she’s having her first college spring break, I hope she’ll find another place to perch up high, and think and dream new dreams for herself.