Proud Papa–But Nervous!
Yesterday, I put my 13 year old daughter, Molly, on an airplane bound for France and Spain. Yes, she will be chaparoned–It’s an educational tour with her Spanish Club and the French Club and, in addition to the teacher, there are 3 other responsible adults. Yes, she earned most of the money herself, working for over a year to get to this point (although many people in our church essentially overpaid her for odd jobs). Yes, I am excited for her.
But, still, I am nervous. A 13 year old girl flying without family to Europe? What was I thinking? And she’s tall, which makes her look older than she is and that invites trouble. ARRGH! She won’t be back until 04 April.
Molly wants to work for the United Nations, so I am glad she is getting a stamp on her passport long before I did. Sure, I changed my mind repeatedly on what I wanted to do and she may, too, but I am proud to have the kind of kid who even THINKS about working for peace, human rights, development, etc by dedicating herself to global public service. She has been in the Model UN and in the mock KY Legislature–all in Middle School.
Next year, she starts high school. Because of her 4.0 GPA, high test scores, teacher recommendations, and after school public service, she has won admission to the International Baccalaureate program at Atherton High School, a magnet program. The IB program (which kicks in the last 2 years of high school, building on Advanced Placement classes in Frosh and Sophomore years) is equivalent to two years of college work and is recognized by university programs all over the world. There are only 15 high schools nationwide which offer it. I know the trip to France (Versailles and Paris) and Spain (Madrid and Barcelona) will contribute greatly to her education and confidence.
But I’m still nervous.
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