College for my guy is just around the corner...
We spent a good portion of our Saturday visiting the Kaneohe Campus of Hawaii Pacific University. This is one of the schools he's applied to... and quite honestly I think this one really stuck to him.
As I sat in the classroom with the other parents, my mind drifted away... wondering where did time go? One minute I'm sobbing because it's his first day of Kindergarten, to helping him straighten his bow for a dance, and now this.. I can't take it. It's still all too surreal for me.
I'm secretly excited that he may stay nearby when he goes off to college. One of the things I knew he wanted to do was travel and experience the world through different countries around the world. HPU was one of the universities that offered so many programs to travel abroad. Not only that, it is a private college (means more bang for our buck) but the student - teacher ratios are small.
As I stood back and watched him take part in this orientation, he was wide-eyed and ready. And my heart sank a little, knowing how far he's come and how far he'll go. There comes this point in every mother of a little boy's life, when you have to step back and watch your little boy.. fly. This was just one of them.
When Caelan was little, I always referred to him as the little boy with an old soul... I've written about this before (mostly on his birthdays) because it's a time to reflect, but he really is. He just has a peculiar way of thinking, acting and reacting, of caring, and expressing himself.
The one thing I do know for sure is that he was meant to "fly". I think at an early age you can tell which of your children will be the most independent, the comedian, the entertainer, the sporty one, or the quiet one. Caelan was definitely more of a leader and a "go-getter". When he sets his mind to something, you can bet he goes after it. He really lives up to the meaning of his name, "Strong Warrior."
So as we venture into the uncertainty, we can only watch from a far (and help pay for his college tuition) and wish him the best as he soars through this thing called life.