Saturday, September 23, 2017


In Full Bloom
So fall is upon us. I have to be careful not to get too depressed. Painting is not going well this week.
The painting above was done two weeks ago. I am totally blocked right now. I am not sure why. Oh yes, well, I am sort of sure why. Winter is coming as they say on Game of Thrones.

Also, I knew senior year was going to be stress filled but it is even worse than I thought it would be. At a PTO meeting the other night they handed out a laundry list of deadline dates for all things college related. And believe me, all things are college related at this school.

It is mind boggling. I am so ill prepared. When I graduated from high school in 1967, there were two tracks. College or not college. There were plenty of kids who did not go to college. They took typing, home economics, shop etc. Many went off to fight in Vietnam. It was a different time.

At Brookline High School we are suppose to let our student follow the process and guide them along.  To see him not doing it though or not taking any interest in it is so stressful for me. There really is no other option for these kids at our school. Everything this year is about this that and the other thing for college. The statistics from last year's class (over 500 students) 96% of the kids went to college. 36% did not need financial aid. We live in a really wealthy town, even though we are not. Last year 1% did not go to college and 1% went into the military.

I just don't know what will happen to my grandson if he doesn't go to college. Even if he just goes to a two year college. Something. Anything.

I don't know, I really don't and it is really upsetting. Hard to focus.


Robbie said...

First off, this is a great piece! Love the dotted outline!! Perfect. Just take one step at a time. All you can do is let your grandson be aware of target dates and offer to assist. He needs to take charge of this time in his life. It is hard to do tough love...but....what does he have an interest in? This is where you might be able to encourage or see what counselors recommend at the school. They are there to assist. It will work out!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Our kids didn't go to college. If kids here don't go to college, they usually end up working in some factory related to the RV industry. It's hard for us here to understand other places with high unemployment rates when ours is below 4%. Unless the economy is dead, the RV industry still goes on. FEMA buys RVs. Most of these kids come out of high school and latch onto a job that in a short time can pay $1000 a week. The first year after my grandson graduated high school, he made $11,000 less than Terry and I combined. Our schools here support a Career Center so kids have lots of options besides college. The kid is 22 and has a $40,000 savings account. Says he has to save for when the recession hits, which surely will some time in the future.

I hope your grandson figures out what he wants to do. Graduation comes fast.
xx, Carol