I really did think for a long time that I had run out of things to say about our personal loosening of apron strings. As some of you know, I started this blog in 2012 when I had a one year count down to sending my son off to college. We got him off to a university about 80 miles away from home in the Fall of 2013 and things seemed good.
Now it is Fall 2014 and it is necessary to look at these apron strings again as they continue to be stretched to their limit.
Today is the first road trip for my son and a friend. They have decided to take a 300 mile round trip from Fayetteville AR to Springfield MO for a gaming event. Now, Fayetteville is full of gamers and events, but this one, the one in Springfield, is the national pro-qualifier and the winner gets a paid entry and airfare to Washington DC for “The Big Game”. So, they HAVE to go, right?
I will say that my son called on Thursday to tell me that he really wanted to go, but wanted my blessing. That led to about 24 hours of my stressing over all sorts of bad things that could happen, but I knew down deep inside that: 1) he is ready to make a trip like this and 2) these kinds of trips are often completed successfully and turn into stories from “great moments from my younger life”. I thought about the time when my college friends and I attended a Hall and Oats concert (a 300 mile round trip) the night before a physics test. The concert and trip were great moments, but unfortunately, the scores on the test were not “great moments from a younger life” for some of my friends. All of us have “great moments” that we look back upon and I’ve come to realize that we need to continue to have great moments in our lives no matter what age we are.
In about 4 days, I will be flying to Los Angeles by myself to conduct a training. I’m not a great flyer, I’m going by myself, and Los Angeles……well, do I need to say anything else? I’ve been secretly dreading this trip, but yesterday, one of my young (under 30) coworkers told me how much she wished she was going. She rightfully saw it as an opportunity to have a great moment instead of the travel hassle that I saw. So, that made me rethink the trip to Springfield for two college guys, some cards, snacks and a phone with a GPS.
So, in the immortal words of Elwood Blues and the original road trip,
” It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark… and we’re wearing sunglasses.”
Have a safe road trip to add to your great moments, Calvin. And call me when you get back!