Sunday, July 13, 2008

I can see clearly now...

It's been a few days since the last post. We made it to NY and have been busy gearing up (literally) for my son's summer camp. We spent the first morning in Sam Ash Music picking up equipment and the afternoon was Bed, Bath & Beyond for the rest of the stuff on "the list".

He's enrolled with Power Chord Academy and will be spending the next two weeks absorbed in all things rock and roll... lessons, stage, recording, a concert... all organized on a university campus. My son will have two weeks of exposure to American kids his age and all the English slang currently in vogue. I'll pass along any choice expressions.

A friend, Brad, whom I have known since I was 12 came in and gave us a ride to the university. After we got him registered we brought his stuff up to the dorm room. We couldn't find his suite at first but there was a lot of "noise" coming from down the hall. After searching a bit and checking suite numbers, we walked right into the middle of the music source. Three of the suite mates were already jamming in the common room and his roommate was pulling his bass out. Good timing. We did the exit, stage left and hightailed it out of there.

I had my little mom moment of, will he be okay, he didn't eat lunch, etc... it was just funny that after all these years this little rite would be shared with Brad. Fitting as he has always been "the fifth brother".

When I came back to the hotel there was an emptiness that hit me that I really didn't expect to feel. This is the first time he's been on his own (without a parent) for this amount of time. I know he's probably overjoyed at the freedom, and I am thrilled for him. But I know it won't be long before he'll be going off on his own and I will be an empty-nester.

I have a lot on my agenda this week, too. The highlight being three days of one-on-one tutoring time with an instructor I met last summer. I'll be covering FileMaker and Adobe programs. I have all day Tuesday to catch up with some skill refreshing and will take advantage of my 30 days of!

It's gonna be a bright, bright, bright sun shiny day...

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