Chloe may have graduated from high school in June, but the back-to-school photos are far from over. She’s got 5 years of university ahead of her, not to mention the other kids’ university years. We probably have about a decade to go.
Sending a kid off to university is pretty painless when school is a 20-minute bus or bike ride away. Chloe still lives at home and with less time spent in class than in high school and not having Cheer two or three times a week, we’ll probably see more of her than we used to. I get a little stomach ache at the thought that she could be living in a dorm in another city or province or country, like so many kids her age are. I think Chloe wishes she was one of those kids; she craves independence. However, she’s also practical and knows that for now, she’s got a pretty sweet situation. Because how could you NOT want to live with such cool parents?! Don’t answer that, Chloe.
She spent the summer working as a lifeguard at the outdoor pool of an apartment complex. It was a good job; decent pay, no supervision, being outside all day - but not very stimulating. When no one was swimming, she spent time reading. I’m sure she lost count of how many books she read. The girl who she shared the job with quit a couple of weeks ago, so Chloe worked every possible shift since then. She was very happy after her last shift yesterday.
So off she went this morning to the University of Winnipeg to start her education degree. She is so ready for it; she’s wanted to be a teacher ever since she was a little girl. I hope it’s all she dreamed it will be because there is no plan B. She’s always been a planner and has her future laid out in great detail. As much as I tell her life doesn’t always go according to plan, but it doesn’t really sink in. She believes that may be true for other people, but not for her. Well, that’s not the worst thing. Follow your dreams and deal with curves in the road as they come. Confidence and determination go a long way.
Chloe had a couple of classes this morning, then another later in the afternoon. She planned to meet friends and go to the bookstore during the break, but suddenly she showed up at home. Her phone did this annoying thing where it wouldn’t turn on and since she couldn’t get through an entire day without it, she came home to get her old phone. I don’t know what would’ve happened if she hadn’t had a back-up phone. That would have been terrible.
With her precious phone in hand, I drove her downtown to pick up some paperwork she needed, and then dropped her off at the university. She did not cooperate with my photography efforts.
It turns out her afternoon class was cancelled. She found out later that the teacher had posted a note online somewhere that their first class would be Thursday, but Chloe didn’t even know of the existence of this site. It wasn’t a complete waste though; she met and bonded with the other kids that had also shown up. Now she’ll have some familiar faces when she goes on Thursday.
And now it’s the eve of the other kids’ first day of school. Neve wanted to do something special to mark the end of summer holidays, but I couldn’t summon up the energy to do anything more than make popcorn and watch The Amazing Race. In the end, that was good enough.
So that was summer vacation. I’m not ready to wake up early and shoo everyone out the door and rush around every evening. But it was a good summer and I guess it’s time to move on.