Alma Mater

So, there we are on vacation in Charleston, the Holy City- a nickname we are challenging arduously at a popular watering hole, with delicious food to boot.

college t-shirt

When They arrive.  You know the type- the couple who met in college, an experience so transformative that they have looked the same for the past twenty years: college t-shirts, sweatshirts and baseball caps being de rigueur no matter the occasion.  And of course, here come the accessories: sad little kids wearing the same school colors, hoping in their heart of hearts to be accepted to mommy and daddy’s university- someday.  The Nerderati have landed!

I look over at our kids, sporting the quirky outfits they have chosen for themselves- no pressure to match from us!- and am encouraged.  I long ago gave up the absurd notion that these people are predictable combinations of us, their parents- where did they come from, for chrissakes?!?!  Anyway, I hear the SAT is out of vogue nowadays… or something… so, that’s a comfort.

This is where positive negativism kicks in: if you don’t push the whole nonsensical college thing, you can only be rewarded with a fortuitous university acceptance- one is plenty!  I love a windfall, which I would not get if I were banking on things, like educated offspring.  And no, I’m not saying discourage college- no, no.  I’m saying, like with all the most important things in life- emotions, relationships, your children’s future- just don’t bring it up!  It’ll sort itself out, and if not, there is no one to blame… and don’t buy that guilty for reasons of “omission” stuff- bovine scatology all the way!

So, as I watch the goofball family in the booth next to us, emblazoned in matching garish colors, I can only hope those two boys get into that damned university.

Tragic!

charleston-skyline

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  1. Even better- send the kiddies to a prep school! The bar is raised just high enough, that the unmotivated student has no choice but to hoist themselves over it… and they are bound to crash into at least one college acceptance letter on the way down.

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