After a year long process of standardized tests, college applications, visits,and arguments about which colleges to apply to; my son had narrowed his options down to about 4 schools. And then Covid19 hit.
Senior year and all the rituals leading to graduation were suddenly put on hold. Basketball playoffs over after 2 victories. Baseball tryouts over and so is the season. The big high school musical will never make it on stage. And prom and graduation seem like long shots. Not sure how this chapter will end.
And colleges are acting as if all will be fine on the fall, so commit by May1. Really? How are you so sure? Does a vaccine seem a certainty?
I never thought we’d be thinking about deferrals. Never envisioned a gap year courtesy of Corona. Seems anti-climactic to go to college online. And he could accomplish that just as easily at junior college as he could at a 4 year university. And for a lot less money.
As forward thinking as this dad has been- never dreamed college might be put on hold.
While I never intended this blog to become an attic for my ideas, it has. As my sons became more engaged with the world and less within our little family of four, my interests shifted to other topics. Much to my surprise, I discovered I was inspired by images and by the culture I live in. So I wrote or reacted. But today, I extracted. I finally took the first steps to create 3 separate blogs.
Forwardthinkingdad will serve as a keepsake for cherished moments inspired by raising two fine young boys. But my Images that Inspire blog will house the photos and images that inspire short quick comments. And I’m still working on a home for my social commentary. At the moment, I’m leaning towards calling it…
Thanks for dropping in over the years. Check out the other blogs when you can
It’s 2020. My boy graduates in 2020. Starts college somewhere in 2020. When I started this blog, I couldn’t imagine any of that. I just wanted to capture a few observations about his childhood. Until today, I wondered why I got off course and started commenting on cool art. I think I figured it out. As the boys were trying everything they were interested in from sports, to Wii, to music, to silly moments with friends; it created a safe space for my wife and I to do the same.
Up until November 1, all I heard about from anxious parents and school counselors was how important it was for my son to turn in his college application by 11/01. Nothing else mattered or forget about his future!
And then at 12:01 AM on November 2, we started receiving notices from numerous colleges, ” Great news! We’ve extended the deadline 3-5 days more. Seriously? Are you kidding me?
Perhaps they will extend the same courtesy when students fail to finish their papers by the due date?
Today my dad and I were in Home Depot and I asked for someone to help me find some things. This man looked about 65 and was wearing an orange apron like thing with cross straps on the back. As he walked to the bolts I needed to buy his legs did not bend. He was more waddling than walking and this reminded me of a penguin.