Sunday, March 29, 2009
A son's visit home and dreams of Boulder, Berkeley, Austin and Ann Arbor
Had a nice chance this weekend to catch up with Sam Brandon. He's the son of a friend, Garces grad now a sophomore at University of Colorado at Boulder and home for spring break. For most kids away at school that means lunch at Luigis, seeing old friends and lunch somewhere else. Sam is a charmer, at ease with everyone (this photo with unnamed coed - holding the standard issue red plastic cup - captures his personality)and he's found his home at Colorado. He is no longer "at Boulder" but he is now "of Boulder." And thanks to his parents and the gift of tuition, he will forever be "of Boulder" for the rest of his life. Which reminds me: this is the week when high school seniors all over Bakersfield learn if they got into the school of their choice. All those letters (envelope size if they are rejected, nice and large and fat if they get it) start arriving. The really selective schools (UC Berkeley, UCLA, USC) are always last to come in. It's a tense time for child and parent, and I hope to share some of the good news here as it develops.