Sometimes it’s hard to know if you should go forward or just let it go. Several months ago my daughter received a postcard in the mail inviting her to a Super Saturday event at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS. It was a cool postcard about being a hero and making a difference and how education can accomplish that for you.
I asked her if she wanted to go, and she was pretty ambivalent about it. I noticed the post card said all 6-8 graders were invited. I thought maybe we would take our son as well. He is in 6th grader and our daughter is in 8th. Neither seemed to care either way if we went or not. I decided to go ahead and register them both.
Well, the day came to leave and none of us really wanted to go. It had been raining all day long. It was the end of a busy week. It just seemed easier to stay home than to pack a bag and head out for a 3-4 hour drive. I simply said, “No one really wants to go, but we are going.” I felt it was right to follow through. I did worry that maybe this was a waste of time. The easy thing would definitely be to stay at home.
However, I have learned in life that sometimes I need to go forward. I think it’s important to grow. We don’t grow if we don’t have new experiences. We were all pretty grumpy the first half of the drive. No one really talked. I drove, my husband slept some, and the kids read books.
Finally, about an hour or so from our destination everyone started to perk up. By the time we got to the city we were staying in, everyone was hungry and happy to be there. We ate a nice dinner and relaxed before our next day’s events.
That Saturday was terrific! We were able to tour different parts of KU and the kids did some hands on activities: from building and flying paper airplanes in the Engineering Building, to sorting through over 200 cards that had majors on them, it was a terrific time. We ate at Mrs. E’s cafeteria and it was a blast. It was like Golden Coral but cleaner, nicer, and with a bunch of college kids. After lunch, our kids went with their cousin to visit her sorority and my husband and I went to a workshop about how to prepare your kids for college. It was informative and wasn’t just trying to sell us on KU.
After the Super Saturday concluded, we went window shopping and people watching on Mass. Street. We spent time with my niece and got some frozen yogurt. Soon we knew we had better hit the road to head back home. (I might mention that there was rain in the forecast, but we had sunshine our whole day and trip back home.)
All the way home we talked about KU, and colleges, and life, and all kinds of topics. We laughed, my husband gave us a 7 minute time frame to see if we could make it in and out of the truck stop we stopped at. It was a big place that had fuel, a Starbucks, restrooms, all kinds of drinks and snacks. It was fun and we were only 29 seconds over the time. Ha!!
Anyway, I’m so glad we went when the temptation was so strong to just not make the effort. I am aware we could have had a lousy time; however, you never know if you don’t go forward and try.
*Have a great week!! Thanks for stopping by and reading and sharing your time.