College Admissions, Motherhood and New Beginnings
My teenage son, Jackson Tuck has received three really incredible offers from colleges admissions notification time:
I am just a one mom/child gal, so I hope it’s okay to brag a teeny bit about Jackson. He is still waiting on another seven colleges until he knows for sure which college it will be. I just realized each college he has been accepted to is near a body of water!
I love Boston. I love the Midwest (where I am originally from) and I
love Santa Barbara.
Of course, the ‘mom side of me’ is just thrilled that he has landed one In-State. But Santa Barbara is about 3.5 hours away from San Diego, so not right down the street and definitely not including gridlock in LA.
What can I tell you?
If this happens to be the only three, no matter what happens next, I am so proud of his choices in applying to colleges and how many amazing world class colleges he selected.
In order to reach our dreams, we must first set the bar high. We must not be afraid of rejection. If you don’t ask, knock on that door, it will never open. These three have opened for Jackson so far! He is thrilled about all three for very different reasons. So it’s hard to say which one it will be right now until he figures it out, too.
Jackson and I took an East Coast college trip last summer. We jammed out eight tours in three days in NYC, RI to Boston. One of the last colleges we saw there was Northeastern. This is that descriptive sentence where I tell you, we were exhausted, tired and hungry and we couldn’t find any parking in Boston at the end of our last day.
The area was hard to park in and the one parking lot had just closed. We had pulled out to leave, but I thought, ‘Maybe I’ll just ask this guy if we can park here for under thirty minutes…’
“Excuse me, we just got here and this is our only chance to see Northeastern…do you mind if we park here for a bit?
We are in from out of town on college tours.”
The parking attendant hesitated, but then said with a big smile,
“Sure! I bet you will love the campus.”
Maybe we would’ve found a spot on the street that late dusk evening on our last night in Boston, maybe not. We will never know.
Jackson and I were elated to pull in the parking garage and explore Northeastern University campus together.
We both just loved it.
At this moment in time, life is a mystery. The mystery of not knowing and trying unforeseen opportunities is what makes our journey so much fun.
I love him so much and being his mom. I am lucky because all of my early choices for him are now showing the seeds of fruition over time.
Remaining in San Diego worked out well for me, too. I have enjoyed the best 18 years of my life. I began again and found my own groove in writing, newspapers, magazines pr stories to marketing and writing nonfiction inspirational books.
I also met Robin eleven years ago, my husband and Jackson’s most amazing step dad.
And now, we are nearing that last stretch. Where college begins for at the end of the summer a new life begins for myself.
My soul found deep roots in motherhood.
Now, as we are on the final stretch, I look forward to being that mom of a college son that is off on his own pursuing his dreams…Life goes on if we are so lucky to be able to keep on living.
I look forward to new beginnings.
(This is my affirmation at least I keep telling myself!)