Not sure whether to jump for joy or flip out with frustration right now. Here's why:
For literally months Geoff and I have been talking to Katie, a junior in HS, about the need to visit colleges during February and April breaks. And all along she nodded in agreement. Then when February break approached and I asked her if she had put together a list of colleges she'd like to visit, she flipped out and said she didn't want to visit colleges. WHAT?!!! After I took a few deep breaths (with my mouth and nose inside a paper bag), I decided to back off and let her take the lead in this college search
stress fest journey. At this point, she said she'd be willing to look during April break, but not February break. OK, I guess all hope is not lost. It then occurred to me that she was probably overwhelmed and maybe I should offer some assistance. I was reluctant to do this for two reasons - one, I really believe that this is her job and I don't want to be one of those parents and two, I was afraid she would rip my head off if I even offered to get involved. Long story a little shorter, I offered and she accepted. Really?! Yay! Of course, I procrastinated my research figuring I had plenty of time. Then a week or so before April break (which is this week), the topic comes up again and yet again she says she doesn't want to visit colleges. This time I'm prepared. I just sigh in resignation, shake my head in defeat and walk away. So I put the Peterson's Guide to Colleges away, grateful that I didn't spend hours and hours trying to find the perfect college for my daughter, who is perfectly capable of doing this for herself anyway.
So yesterday at Easter brunch at my brother's house, one of our relatives asked Katie if she had any plans for April break. And what did she say? Can you guess? You got it. She said she was planning on visiting some colleges in Boston - on MONDAY!!!! That's right - today! You can imagine my surprise. Of course, because we didn't plan this ahead of time, today is the only day that both she and I are free. So, it has to be today. Needless to say, I wanted to rant and rave at her, but I held my tongue. And when I got home from brunch, she and I sat down and looked at the Peterson's Guide and choose two schools to visit. And I still have not said a thing to her about how inconvenient it is to plan something like this at the last minute. I'm just so thankful that she wants to do it at all. So, I guess jump for joy wins out over flip out in frustration after all.
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