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Falling Into Place

Recently things have been falling into place. So of course, I'm very nervous. It seems about time to find out that my attic is infested with bats or that Ted Nugent is my half-brother.

First, a friend told me about a local theatre doing Tween's new favorite musical, 13: The Musical, with auditions starting right after she finishes her musical revue show. It's a very exciting possibility for a summer program, so wish her luck. Also, she's no longer Tween but also-Teen. We'll see if it sticks.

Teen and I went to a driving information session together, and I left feeling pretty good. I saw that I have a conscientious, careful, and intelligent girl I'm sending out on the roads. I also kept my head down and doodled through all of the scary, crash videos, because I don't need that. Though the music video at a crash site was quite something. Teen deadpanned a comment to me about the new trend of musicians showing up at accidents, to which I added, "Like flash mobs, but much smaller. And really, really sad."

But other than our obvious bonding time, I realized that Teen will be driving soon. As in driving herself and her sister to places. As in I will not always be the one driving Teen and also-Teen around the greater Northern Virginia area. Which leads me to my next breakthrough: a working mom schedule is now a pretty workable thing.

Actually, it was another friend who helped me realize that I was being overanxious and rigid about my responsibilities and what I can do. While I have commitments to the needs of my daughters, my mom, and my Girl Scouts, I also have a desire to work and a need to earn some money. I mean, Columbia isn't going to pay for itself. (Actually, according to their financial aid calculator, it kind of is going to pay for itself, at least in part. So besides the whole "getting in" thing, we could do this.)

If I were going to make a toast - and let's say I'm doing that with a bottle of Funky Llama I picked up at Safeway - I'd have to raise a glass to friends, to perspective, and to falling into place. And what the hell, to Ted Nugent. Cheers.

7 comments:

Kelly Herold said...

I'm glad everything is feeling so good, MR!

(Also glad you're not Ted Nugent's relative!!)

Tammy said...

Ahhhhhh. Another milestone. Our kids are growing up! Cheers!

Ms. Yingling said...

Hooray! And getting into college was not as hard as everyone spent the last 18 years telling me. Teen Girl got a good ACT score and was besieged by e mail offers to apply on line with no references or anything but high school transcripts, and got in everywhere she applied (albeit Ohio State, Kent State, and University of Cincinnati). Then, they all threw tiny bits of random money at her. So there is hope.

madelyn said...

For a moment I thought YOU were thinking about Columbia, not just Teen Reader!

tanita davis said...

*raises glass*
Cheers - and if you ARE related to Nugent, I'm going to LAUGH.

Have kept you in my thoughts, and so, so glad things are coming together...

adrienne said...

That is such a great feeling, when things kind of start making sense and the path seems easier for a while. I am glad you're there, Pam, and I hope it stays that way for a good long stretch.

Genevieve said...

Best of luck to Tween on the 13 audition! We'd like to go see that show, definitely (if spring sports and summer camp weren't a big conflict, I would've asked my kiddo if he wanted to audition - though it'd be quite a shlep for us).