‘Tis the season of back to school, which for us this year is a bit more involved. Our eldest, Erin, is headed back for her second year at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee (9-hour drive). Our middle, Matthew, is off to Blacksburg, Virginia for his freshman year at Virginia Tech (9.5-hour drive).
So as they begin their (hopefully) glorious college years, one can’t help but reminisce, about their childhood, and family times (sniff), but also about my own college days of a “few” years back. I was blessed to meet many wonderful people early on, and several became life-long friends. So far Erin seems to be doing the same. I can only hope Matthew will be so fortunate.
For those of you parents also launching a child, I heard a great anthem, Find Your Wings, by Mark Harris. Not great for your mascara, but a terrific message. Here’s the chorus
I pray that God would fill your heart with dreams
And that faith gives you the courage
To dare to do great things
I’m here for you whatever this life brings
So let my love give you roots
And help you find your wings
…and the toughest part…
It’s not living if you don’t reach for the sky
I’ll have tears as you take off
But I’ll cheer as you fly
On another front, “Do No Harm,” my medical mystery/thriller, is with a professional critiquer (is that a word?) so I need to table it for another few weeks. Meanwhile, I’m starting on another idea that’s been percolating, and I’d love some comments… without giving away too much, suppose it were possible to only conceive a child if you WANTED to. That is, everyone (both men and women) is infertile unless they consciously reverse the process, which provides a single conception only. If they want another child they have to repeat the treatment (let’s assume it’s relatively painless and reliable). The issues this brings up fascinate me…Should the treatment be free? Should there be any eligibility requirements? e.g., pass a drug test? a parenting test? a psychological test? a test of financial stability? The slippery slope could be defined by this question. I’d love to hear your thoughts!