College?! Already?

Yesterday, was our first College Fair. #1 was excited about going, and got a lot of good information. #2, reluctantly,went with us, though it was only in hopes of getting some food, because she clearly didn't want to be there, and made no effort to hide her feelings about it. The phrase of the day: "This is dumb, I'm hungry, can we go now?"

Then it happened, she saw a Performing Arts School in Chicago, and there was a spark of interest. And, like a hurricane strength wind, I quickly blew it out!

♪Here I am, rock you like a hurricane♪ (The Scorpions)

I should have held back. I should have let her explore it on her own, but I couldn't control myself. I was so excited that she had an interest in anything, that I jumped on the moment; practically leaping to the booth, I said "Let's go over there!" "Here, take a brochure!" "Look at all the programs!"

And, with that, the spark was gone, and in it's place was the arms crossed, eyes glaring, look of irritation, that my dear 15 year old #2 has perfected. I should have known better! At this phase in her life, the best thing I can do is to feign disinterest, to let her think it's what she wants and not what Mom wants, because, you know, the last thing she wants to do is anything, Mom wants her to do! So, I'm working on perfecting my own arms crossed, eyes rolled, look of irritation with a "whatever" response; in hopes of gently kindling that little spark, the next time.

On the positive side, #1 has a much more defined list of colleges that she wants to attend. With 13 schools on her list, we have a lot of research to do over the next few months to get it narrowed down, because at $35-$50 a pop, we would be out a small fortune just to apply. Does someone have a scholarship for application fees, cause, we sure need it! ♪I want money, that's what I want♪

This little day trip, allowed me the opportunity to hear what #2 is listening to, and I'm happy to report that there were no "Show Me Yo Booty Hole" type songs around. Quite a few rock songs have made their way to her play list including: BYOB (System of a Down) 45 (Shinedown) as well as a remix of the classic Ram Jam ♪Whoa Black Betty, ram-ba-lam ♪

Also, on the list was a new one to me: Ride through the Country by Colt Ford, a sort of country rapper, and a good one.

And my top pick from #2's play list: Live Like We're Dying by Kris Allen

A great reminder to all of us, that life is precious and moments are fleeting. Treasure each of them. And, even, when your kids are rolling their eyes, stomping their feet and sucking their teeth, even then, tell them that you love them...then smack them up side the head! What the hell are they thinkin', talking to you that way!

Have a happy Music Monday!