In his last post, Mike made it abundantly clear that he owns this blog, although I thought it was mine for several weeks! He asked me to post a guest blog several days ago with one stipulation: it is not to be about him!
So what on earth could I possibly talk about? Other than dealing with Mike’s ongoing health issues (Oops! I did not follow the stipulation.) the current issue requiring most of my attention is forcing Luke to get college applications done and getting my part finished. He is only applying to a few schools, so it’s not like it should be that time consuming. Alas, that is not the case!
As the teacher and guidance counselor, I have quite a few forms to fill out. To make it worse, the Common Application has a huge homeschool supplement. They even want to know why we started homeschooling. What could that possibly have to do with Luke’s preparedness for college? That was twelve years ago! The other part that irritates me is that the homeschool supplement asks for all of his courses, grades, and curriculum used. I included that in the required transcript, so I’m not sure what the point is.
This has been a rather difficult thing for me to do. How can I write an entirely honest recommendation of my son? What I have going for me is that we have never been people to offer our children praise unless it is due, think telling kids who just lost a basball game 20-o that they did a good job. On the other hand, who better than me to make a case for Luke being a good college student?
Luke is also on the test of the month plan. ACT in October, SAT in November, and SAT Subject Tests in December. I’m glad I’m not him! Guess who gets to get up early to drive him in for all these tests? Anyone out there want to meet me for breakfast on Saturday, sometime after 8?
This is also a very bittersweet thing. I know that Luke is ready for this. I think that he is going to love the academic environment of college. But he wants to be a chemical engineer. One school told us to expect them to be gone for good once they start college, as they need to do internships. Right now his top choice is the University of Minnesota, so at least he will only be 4 hours away.
The other thing on my mind is illness. Everyone is freaking out about H1N1. We have a family at our church who had very serious cases in the whole family. So Jared gets a cold and slight fever this weekend. How do I know if it’s more than a cold? The H1N1 info on the internet sounded like it could look like a common cold or much worse. We have 7 people in our family! We can’t just stay home until no one has a runny nose. We might never get out! At the same time, I don’t want to be responsible for giving the flu to someone. So, I’m reliving my epidemiology days from grad school. I washed my hands so frequently that I think Mike was seriously concerned that I was becoming obsessive-compulsive! Elisabeth seems to have inherited this trait from me.
That’s it from the Evans’ house. We are enjoying our family and relatively good health. We are trying to make the most of the time before Luke leaves. God is good!