It is so hard to realize that your kid is growing up. Karolina is 10½ years old, where did the years go? She’s on the fast track in becoming a teenager. Is it scary? Oh yes, very much so.
The little girl who just was so little and tiny and spoke with the softest of voices are now about to embark on her first trip without me. In the end of this month she’s going to New York City with her drama and dance group. FOUR days in the big, huge city of NYC! With “only” her instructors and other students as her company. It feels so strange to send her off. What if something happens? NYC is hardly a friendly little small town.
Peter and I have decided that we will buy her a cell phone before she leaves. Not that I know how much of a help that is, but at least we will have a (false?) sense of security when we send her off on that AMTRAK train.
Oh well…I guess it is time to let go, but I am telling you, it will be some hard four days for me, and for Peter. Karolina and I have never been apart before for more than a couple nights, and then she’s always been with her grandparents and not in a big city all “by herself”.
Tonight we are having a meeting with the instructors and the rest of the parents and kids who are about to go on this trip. I am sure it will be very informative. Maybe I will feel a little bit better, and more secure, once the meeting is all over with.
On the trip to NYC the kids, ranging from ages 7-18, will take seven classes, among them: jazz dance, ballet, and first and foremost; acting classes. Ms. T, the director of Karolina’s drama and dance school has also booked tickets to two Broadway shows, Tarzan and Hairspray. The kids will also go visit the taping of the soap opera “All My Children”, and to top it all off they will go back-stage after the performance of Tarzan. Now, that ought to be great for them!
Peter and I just have to rest in the knowledge that all will be good and dandy for Karolina up in NYC. However she is one of the youngest kids going, and I am not coming along as a chaperone this time. BUT still!!!
Karolina will grow during this trip, I am sure of it. She will gain self confidence.
It will probably be good for me, too.
BUT it will not be good for me if Peter has to go to Paris in the meantime, which he might have to do. I will have a very, very hard time being alone at home.
Anyway, I am rambling on now. I am quite sure other parents will voice their concerns tonight as well. I am sure we will all feel better after the meeting.