Okay, I'm exaggerating. I didn't burst into tears. I did get pretty choked up, though. Today is the day applications for high schools are due here in Nashville. Big deal for the Bell household as my daughter is applying. My wife, Meredith is much better at logistics than I am and would normally do this. However, she's in charge of the college applications for our son. So, I'm trying to force my right-brain into service for dates and deadlines. This means lots of "Oh-no-was-that-due-today" last minute panics.
My daughter had to write an applicant statement for one of these schools. She wrote it last night and I faxed it over. I've been swamped lately so I didn't have time to read it first. I put in the fax machine and pushed send.
I called the high school to make sure they received it. While I was on the phone with the admissions office, I glanced down at the page and started crying. I had to muster every bit of stage presence trickery I posess to finish the phone call.
Question 3: Whom do you admire and why? Answer: "I admire my dad the most of anyone I know. My dad..."
I won't go into the reasons she listed because that's sort of like sitting next to you on the traand making you look at vacation pictures or grandchild pictures--just more info than you need."
But, given the fairly tempestuous seas of adolescence in which we are sailing, this made my day! Next time, I will read everything before making the phone call.
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