So I’m going on an adventure with my grown-up daughter.
There are a few things to examine in that simple sentence. Foremost for me (and, after all, who’s it all about?) is that I am the mother of an adult. How did that happen? Grace is an almost-23-year-old young woman considering her future. The “what” is pretty certain: continuing her post-graduate work. She wants to share her passion for English literature as a teacher at the college level. The “where” is an open question. So we are going exploring.
Which brings us to the adventure. We are going to spend eight days crossing four states in a part of the country we are completely unfamiliar with. This is a different kind of travel for me. We know where we will lay our heads every night, but beyond that there is no plan. No plan?? Me??? We’ll be visiting some universities, so that provides the broad outline of the itinerary. But really, getting from Point A to Point B is just as important. We’ll have time to wander and discover and see what catches our eyes.
And it will be just the two of us. This isn’t a family vacation, or a quick drop-you-off-at-college-and-turn-around-and-come-home trip. This is a rare opportunity for us to just hang out together, and I am so looking forward to it. Wherever Grace does end up in 2012, it will likely be far away and for several years at least. I plan to savor this.
So there you are. It looks like the weather is settling down so we should only have to contend with a few thundershowers. I’m sure we’ll get lost. I’m sure there will be (minor, I hope) mishaps. And I’m absolutely sure we’ll laugh a lot. Grace and I hope to post updates and some photos on my Facebook page as we go. If you’d like to follow along, go here and “like” the page. I think you’ll be entertained. We fly to Indianapolis on Sunday and hit the road from there.
Your future is bright ahead, dear Grace. I’m so happy to share this little piece of it with you.