We are here. Where, you ask?
On the other side of ‘send’.
And with that simple click of the mouse, Danny – the baby – has submitted his first college app.
Too melodramatic, you say. Hmmm, well I say you are all too vocal tonight. How do you like that?
Tonight, as we were watching promos for ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ – the movie adaptation of one of our favorite books from his childhood – that crazy app went soaring through the interwebs and officially turned my little boy into a college applicant.
‘It roared its terrible roar and gnashed its terrible teeth’ and transformed ‘that little boy who made mischief of one kind…
into a man(ish)-type person.
Never in the history of ‘send’ has such a small gesture meant so much. (ok, I agree I AM leaning heavy on the melodrama pedal here). But there is something both exciting and petrifying about the idea of this process beginning.
First kid launched? Of course that was monumental. Second kid off? That means all sorts of things. Yes, even more than looking for that special cat food parmesan recipe because we are paying for two kids at the same time.
It means sad things like the end of an era. But it means exciting things too. Like having actually survived custodial child-rearing (with minimal scars). And not having to travel during school vacations.
So here’s to ‘send’. May it bring to my boy all he dreams of and send him where his new life will begin.