One of the biggest highlights of our 2016 began almost a year ago, when we delivered the Mensch to the airport to begin his six month adventure in Peru. (Which was followed by a six week adventure in South Africa. And which involved stopovers in Paris and Amsterdam and included him touring Amsterdam with the Fraulein. But for the sake of this post, we’re sticking with Peru.)
There are kids who show you exactly who they are right from the start, and then there are those who don’t really come into their own until they leave the nest. The Mensch is one of that second group. Don’t get me wrong – he did great in high school, was active in a lot of areas, had a ton of friends and was definitely an asset to every group he was involved with. But university was a definite turning point for him. He has blossomed in ways I could never have imagined, and it has been a joy to see him venturing confidently into classes, co-op positions, and new countries.
His time in Peru was filled with new friends, new sights, and adventures both welcome and not. (I’m thinking of a particularly nasty incident involving intestinal friends and a long hike. And knowing this kid, he’s only told me the tip of the iceberg.) He has seen places I will never see and learned how to handle situations at every level of the social scale, and he hops between all of them with a grace that astounds me.
He’ll be finished with his undergrad studies in the summer, and has already set up solid and admirable plans for the months to follow. I can’t wait to see where he’ll land next.
Confidant kids who don’t hold back: Happiness Day 23.