Yep, ASU class of 2010 here we come! Though having a child will be one of the most important things I will ever do, this is certainly up there with it for me.
I'll miss school, it has always been a talent of mine. Not because I ever considered myself terribly "smart," though I am certainly left-brained, just maybe a little over-ambitious and motivated. Things never came too easily for me, but I worked hard and maybe bs-ed a bit here and there and made it through just fine. I graduated high school in three years, at the time wanting to get away from the drone and confinement of being there. Call me impatient, but I wouldn't have it any other way, and would support any child of mine who wanted to do the same (just like my parents did for me). I remember at the time of graduation, I was still questioning why I went through all the effort to graduate early when I could still go down the same exact route, scholarship and all, next year. Of course, then I met Elliott my freshman year of college--or what would have been my senior year of high school. I realized, oh, so THAT'S why. I will be graduating college early for a more "intentional" reason, and will be sad when the semester's over. I don't think I rushed through anything, and even if I completed high school and undergrad in 8 years versus 6, I would be feeling the same way--only two years from now.
I get so excited for my sister-in-law, Brianne, who is looking into returning to school for her Master's soon. I know that will be me someday. She was/is very much so like me in that she had her first baby at 20 and graduated high school and college in three years for, in so many words, "the future's sake." She has spent years being there for her children, and I plan on doing the same for mine. For me, the possibility and probability of returning to school in the future makes this indefinite break even more exciting. I've been looking forward to being done with school to focus on my family. Because I have propelled myself through two diplomas in 6 years, I spent a lot of time neglecting to learn various life skills and hobbies that are also so important and critical to make time for. I can't multi-task very well and had to just "do" school for the time being.
I am excited because I want spend more time with my mom learning how to sew. I want to take more time meal-planning/cooking PERIOD and perfect some of my mom's and Pam's recipes (and maybe find a few yummy ones of my own to try). I want to practice my Samoan!!! That's right, we have books, I've been learning. I want to develop the talent of exercising! If I'm going to be popping out several kids in the next FEW years here, I gotta stay in somewhat good shape. By the way, thank you, thank you, thank you, to Pam and Jay for lending us your treadmill and donating your amazing weight set to us (all of us). It's currently set up at our house now and I WILL LEARN how to use it. So maybe I've never stepped foot on a treadmill before Sunday and have used a weight set twice in my life. I want to RE-LEARN the basic piano and guitar skills I used to have but forgot once I spent more time in the college and dating-Elliott scene. I want to LEARN how to budget. Yeah, funny, but I've been pretty spoiled by my sugar daddy and hope to give back a little bit to him by paying more attention to ad's, coupons and our finances in general. Most importantly, I want to gain experience being a mother and develop my own "mothering groove."
One of my favorite things on Earth is variety. I don't like staying in the same hotel too often, eating at the same restaurants all the time, ordering the same food, doing the same daily routine, buying the same cereals, the usual. I love the indefinite time I will be able to spend with my children (and the freedom to "change-up" the way we'll do things). I love the prospect of returning to school once my kids are much older. I love my Elliott for making this all possible.
Faifai lemu. (That's Samoan for "Take it Easy").