I recently had the great joy of Driving with my wife and younger Daughter to go look at a College she was invited to attend. A four hour drive wasn’t bad, we all happen to have odd but complimentary senses of humor. We sang a bit and tried teaching her more road trip car games like, license plate bingo. This changed to why kids don’t play road trip games. I won that one since the Daughter wasn’t listening, she was distracted by her iPhone. (Grin).
Trip was good, drive was pleasant, singing off key… all normal. Every time we passed a sign for a college or university I would ask loudly “It’s this school right?” and would get a response involving why she can’t or won’t go there. Some of the answers were crazy, “I’m not blind”, “I think that place is made up”. Things like that.
I’m getting to the point… relax there Skippy. What I was saying was this. I had an engaged and fun drive and it was more like five hours. Only to get there and be bored out of my skull. There are only so many of the same conversations I can have with parents all excited about what they are doing. I’m not excited I’m sad… My Daughter whom I adore is leaving, sure she’ll come back but she won’t be… not really, not ever. I didn’t want to be sad, or bored so Instead I made up “Jasper”.
My son Jasper was born five minutes into the cocktail hour from whole cloth and my imagination. Jasper Is a Symphonic Orchestra Major, since he loves Parades… You heard me… It doesn’t have to make sense. Jasper Picked the school because the school is named after a fictional TV show character… yep that’s right, That’s how my second Son rolls. No No, he didn’t get a scholarship and the school really doesn’t offer the classes he needs but he does so Love that TV show so this is where he is going… yep. He’s daring and dashing and going to take the world by storm even with his self imposed handicaps of wrong classwork and no scholarship. Why you ask…?
Becaauaaase I was bored and wanted to change the responses I got from the parents… It didn’t change though. My Daughter who is going to be a Librarian, the Best Librarian ever by the way. She planned and thought everything out ON HER OWN. She’s intelligent, witty, resourceful and an all around WINNER. She is deserving of all she gets since she has earned it and worked for it.. Jasper was made up and got the same responses.
How’s that for an Outside Perception. People respond in similar ways to similar stimuli. “That’s Fantastic”, “Good For her/him”, “You must be so proud!” yes, yes I am, because in addition to the things I already said about my Daughter she’s also an original… luckily she doesn’t bow to peer pressure and will remain true to herself a fun loving person who thinks what I did was funny.
Good Luck Kiddo we all await your decision, thank god you have better reasoning then your second brother.
Oh and her Mom, while also thinking it was funny thought it was OK to Kill Jasper off….. That’s some serious Bullshit.. hence the title of the post.
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