Tuesday, April 19, 2016

It's a miracle

I'm back from the band trip.  I actually survived it.  My friend says that evidence of miracles can be submitted to the Pope and I think this one qualifies.  More about the trip later, I hope.

Immediately upon coming home, I find that I must devote some time to getting my kids settled for the summer.   Our oldest child, Older Daughter, is graduating with her master's degree in social work, and has a job decision to make.  But first she is going to Israel, the day after graduation.  She has a little bit of time after she gets back to figure out her living situation.

Our middle child, Son, will be working at an internship away from home and needs to find a place to live for the summer (and has to move out of the college dorm in just two weeks).  He is a conscientious student, and that means that right now he is concentrating on finishing his papers, projects, posters, and final exams. He also tutors other students, and demand for his tutoring services are high right before exams.  All this means he is not able to concentrate on finding a place to live.  But yikes!  Time is running out!

Our youngest child, Younger Daughter, is waiting to hear about a summer opportunity shadowing scientists at the cancer research center.  If that doesn't come through, there is always the Common Household summer merit badge program.  And summer Girl Scout camp later in the summer.

None of this is bad.  In fact, the situations are ripe with opportunity and hope.  She has a choice between job offers!  He got a summer internship! She will have interesting things to do over the summer!  Nevertheless, it is a tense time of rushing and waiting, for them, and for their mother.

The song says, "Summer time, and the livin' is easy."  I expect it will be once we get things figured out.  And really, I'm just grateful to be alive after the band trip.

A cake for summertime.
Baked by the kids in summer 2009.
I did NOT come home from the band trip and have the
energy to make a cake!

9 comments:

jj said...

Welcome home, Girlfriend!

Suburban Correspondent said...

That band trip was above and beyond. No way I could have done that!

Angie said...

I always look forward to summer. Andrew is home, working at a car wash. And he'll take a couple summer courses. Eric will be home more this summer than the previous three summers, but he'll nonetheless work in Dallas, teaching computer science to kids in a learning camp setting.

Glad you survived the band trip!

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

Good job finding the bright side in the midst of stress!
Summer around here will be much like the school year, especially since my youngest is failing Spanish and will have to attend summer school (assuming they even have Spanish at summer school).
And hey, you just survived an epic band trip! I suspect you can accomplish ANYTHING now, including treading the waters of uncertainty. "Smile and wave" is always good advice (some animated movie... whichever one has the voice of Cliff from Cheers... Finding Nemo?)

Susan Jones said...

Congratulations on surviving the band trip. I DO want to hear about that. Congratulations on having three beautiful children with bright futures. Congratulations on having a loving husband who was willing and able to hold the fort while you were band-ing. And, most of all, congratulations on being YOU!

Susan Jones said...

Congratulations on surviving the band trip. I DO want to hear about that. Congratulations on having three beautiful children with bright futures. Congratulations on having a loving husband who was willing and able to hold the fort while you were band-ing. And, most of all, congratulations on being YOU!

smalltownme said...

Your kids have great options ahead of them.

The Crislers said...

"Our middle child, Son..." I don't know why, but I laughed so hard at this phrase. I realize his name isn't Son, I do. But in my head, well, his name *is* Son, and that is funny. It's like naming your dog Dog.

I'm so glad you survived the trip. Please write a post about it. Pretty please?

Your kids' opportunities sound so exciting, so promising from this vantage point, but from yours, I can see why it would be stressful. I always find uncertainty to be stressful.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Glad you made it back in one piece.
Sounds like a LOT of logistics will go into planning summer. Good luck as your offspring pursue all the opportunities.