On the bright side, opening the shop gave us a lot of time working alongside each other, and we truly spent more time together than ever. The kids all grew so much from the added responsibilities and new experiences of working and running the shop. Owning a business gives kids an education they can't learn elsewhere, and we dreamed of this for so long that I can't help but be grateful.
Sadness and joy. Guilt and pride. Letting them grow and letting them go. A mother's heart in a nutshell.
Ok Colleen, knock it off and get on with it already!
Here's to the 2023-2024 School Year, or as I say at work, Fiscal Year 24!
Two in College:
John-Paul is starting his Senior Year at Franciscan University. He is majoring in Biology and will take a gap year after graduation, in order to work in patient care before applying to Medical schools and/or PA schools.
Andrew is a Freshman at Franciscan University, majoring in Biology and (hopefully) playing soccer. Of course, he sent me a picture with two thumbs up, his usual photo pose. I'll update his medical story tomorrow.