And to think blacks spend all this money on big colleges, still most of y’all come out confused. – Arrested Development
A few weeks ago, N’s daughter, E came into the living room, and asked us if she’d be “ruining [her] life” by traveling for a few years after high school before she went to college. Now E is all of ten; the other month she wanted to become a therapist, now she’s on this fashion designer tip. So these kinds of questions can be expected, and I imagine that as of this writing she’s completely forgotten that she even asked the question. Right now, the only thing she consistently loves is basketball, text messaging, and playing the saxophone. (She’s really good at the latter; been invited to play at 8th grade graduation and everything.) We advised her that she would not be ruining her life by deferring enrollment into college, and in fact encouraged her to see the world, whenever and however she chooses. Consequently, she seemed less anxious about the whole thing (she’s very sensitive).