Cutting Another String

Today is a big day – my son is heading off to a 2 day college orientation. Alone. Without me.

ARE YOU CRAZY MICHAEL HE’S NOT OLD ENOUGH!!!

Apparently, sometime over the last 18 years he grew up. I have thousands of memories with him, but in almost all of them he’s someplace between the ages of 4 and 12. He’s certainly not old enough to travel 2 hours by car to orientation. Is he?

OF COURSE NOT, GROUND HIM TO HIS ROOM.

I don’t think that’ll work anymore. Besides, this is a *good* thing. He’s evolving from a high school kid to a young college adult.

COLLEGE WILL BE A BAD INFLUENCE, MICHAEL! YOU KNOW, YOU WERE THERE ONCE!!

Ah, but it’s also a good influence, and my fondest memories are my college years. There’s no way to impress that upon him before he goes so he gets the most out of it. It’s something he’ll just have to discover on his own.

Go, son. I’m proud of you. My cell phone is in my pocket and I wrote the number in ink on your forehead while you slept. Call me if you need me.

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