I was doing the math and, between child care, nursery school and college, I figure we’ve paid 22 years’ worth of tuition to Indiana University. My son will graduate from IU this Saturday. He studies theoretical math and Chinese. His and his sisters’ formal education began at Hoosier Courts Nursery School - about three blocks from where he’ll graduate. His preschool class was full of international kids, not a few of them Chinese. His teacher, Miss Staci, asked me not to send him to kindergarten. “Let me keep him. I’ll have him more than ready.” When we visited Mike Love’s first grade class at Rogers Elementary I had the good fortune to be bitten by the classroom tarantula. The bite required a trip to the Emergency Room but also left Principal Plummer feeling obligated to let me choose his classroom. Mr. Love got Ben in ways few teachers did.
Ben’s next idea is to spend a year or two in Asia before graduate school. I couldn’t be prouder of him and his sisters. Nor more stunned when they show up at my house full grown adults. I keep thinking their little selves live in this house somewhere just out of sight, that they will come get in my lap in a minute. Instead they text me some news article that made them think of me, or the picture of a golden retriever they saw somewhere. I keep wondering how twenty years goes by like a single night’s sleep, if in another twenty I will be somebody’s grandma? Wouldn’t that be something! For now I just marvel at how blessed I’ve been to watch them grow, up to now. What a privilege it is to be their mama.
~ peace & prayers,