Lauren is starting college next week, and since she is going to become a Golden Flash, (go Kent State University!) I asked if she would like to go over to the campus and map out the best path to get to her classes. We decided to go today, so I took the boys and met Lauren and William at the student center.
We call Lauren and Ryan the bookends because she is the oldest and he is the youngest. While we were waiting for Lauren and William eat their Subway sandwiches and mapping out our plan, Ryan told Lauren (yet again) that he is starting Kindergarten. It is at times like this that I can truly see the full scope of our family and where we are in our lives, how far the kids have come, and how much farther some of them have to go.
Both of them are embarking on a new educational career. They are both nervous about how things are going to go, meeting new friends, and finding their classrooms. Lauren has already successfully navigated the wild and dangerous waters known as high school. She graduated and made it into the honors college at KSU. She is carrying on in the fine tradition of both of her parents and Dave and me, too. I am so excited for what is ahead of her.
Ryan has successfully navigated the dangerous waters of Kathy's Preschool. (You may have heard me tell just about anyone that will listen to me how much I loved it there.) He has had to deal with his first bully, crusts on his sandwich and nap time. Oh how he hated nap time. His eyes were never tired and had a really hard time staying closed.
I think it is safe to say that they are both ready for their respective challenges, and I can't wait to hear about their first days. I will keep you posted.