Yesterday, I went to college for the day. This is not the first time I have played this role. I have six children and yesterday I was visiting #5 at college. I have done the day trip to college many times since 2003 and each time is different.
This time was made more unique by the fact that #5 is a student-athlete. He is a diver. I, if you follow me, made an impromptu trip to #5 in October due to a diving injury. This trip was to watch him dive.
On top of diving, there was a team dinner and time with the coach. It is always nice to get feedback on how your college-aged child is doing as the things he or she lets you know should not be posted online. His diving is somewhat improved from high school. He has, as he has with other diving coaches, a love-hate relationship with the diving coach. More importantly, his grades are good – the coach checks these things. And, he is hospitable. He has hosted at least two recruits and Coach is happy with him for doing so and for doing so well.
When you look back at all the things that could go wrong or right at college, as a parent, it is nice to know that some of the values taught before #5 left home are sticking with him.