We had the pleasure of visiting our daughter, a freshman at Indiana University-Jacobs School of Music, this past weekend. While it may not have been terribly exciting for her to see US, it was a real treat for us to see HER! We knew she was doing well, but no amount of texting or Skyping can substitute for a real live hug.
We went to the IU football game on Saturday -- not to see the game, of course. We went for the band! The IU Marching Hundred (which actually has 280+ members) is a very hard-working group of kids. At every home game, they play a PRE-pre-game show outside the stadium, then a pre-game show, a half-time show, and a post-game show. They're also a very active pep band during the entire game. She had told us that game days were tiring -- and now we know why! All of this cymbal playing has resulted in one burly girl!
Although it may not be evident to her, we could see a change in her in just one month's time. She has always been independent, but she's clearly more so now. She's confident and happy. She doesn't need us in the same way now, and that's OK. After all, we raise our children to be independent and successful young adults. It's good to see her moving so deftly in that direction!