A conversation with Charlie about Chloe’s Freshman Orientation…
Charlie: Did she sit with you?
Cassie: Yes. Not at first. She was mad at me initially because we got there too early.
Charlie: Usually you’re late.
Cassie: I know. I can’t win. (Pause) Then, while we were waiting outside the auditorium, I struck up a conversation with some freshmen boys…football players.
Charlie: Dear God.
Cassie: Yea. I know. That wasn’t the right move.
Charlie: Why do you always strike up a conversation?
Cassie: I don’t know. I was in a chatty mood. I’d had some coffee and was pepped up. The boys were nice. They liked it.
Charlie: Sure they did. Poor Chloe.
Cassie: It wasn’t poor Chloe. She just ignored me. Then her friend and her friend’s mom arrived and she perked right up. We went into the auditorium and we all sat together.
Charlie: Did you ask a lot of, um, questions?
Cassie: No. They did have a question period for the parents alone after all the students had left for the school tours. I didn’t have any.
Cassie: Well, if I had had some questions I needed answered, I would have asked them. Freshman Orientation is a perfect time to ask questions.
Charlie: Not really. Too many questions…..that’s totally annoying. It’s better to just wing it.
Cassie: Wing it! But if you don’t ask questions, then you don’t learn….then you don’t know how it all works.
Charlie: You just figure it out, Mom. For yourself. You don’t have to ask a ton of questions. Like, I get it if you have questions for a teacher in a class about math or something. But Freshman Orientation? That’s like life stuff…stuff the kid just has to figure out for himself. Not the parent.
Cassie: Wow. Can you stop growing up so fast about “winging it” and “life stuff” and “Freshman Orientation with no questions?” I guess I can see how it’s going to go when it comes time for YOUR Freshman Orientation in four years.
Charlie: Yea. We’re not sitting together.
Cassie: So rude.
Charlie: I’m just giving you a heads up now.
Cassie: Gee, thanks.
Charlie: No problem.