|Benjamin Banneker: Surveyor, Astronomer, Publisher, Patriot|
I want my children to be thinkers and enjoy learning. I want my children to work hard, but more importantly I want them to work hard together. I want my children to love God and be strong enough to put God first among people who don't put God first or don't even believe God exist. Then, I want my children to be of service to God's Creation and fulfill their life's purpose. If College helps them achieve this, then it is a likely pursuit. I do understand that many see college as the means to have the ability to take care of oneself and family financially. This is important of course, but I believe hard work combined with superior thinking skills, prepare one for financial stability more than a college diploma. There are many who work hard but can't think properly to make good decisions and there are many who are great thinkers, but do not put the work behind it to make their dreams into reality. And there are many successful small business owners who never went to college, but are great thinkers and hard workers.
There is a human condition that I am concerned with: fear. Fear can deter the hard worker and the great thinker. So in some ways, I wonder if overemphasizing the need to go to college places fear in the child that college may not be accessible to them. Or for those parents that have already planned out that their child will be a doctor or engineer, the debilitating fear of the child that they will not be able to meet their parent's expectation. Or just the fear of being in an unfamiliar place. Recently, my friend was telling me about how their homeschooled son's fear of being in a classroom with 50 students when he hasn't had the experience of being even in a classroom with 25. Children are born almost fearless, they will not walk but run in the highway of oncoming traffic. Some fear, is good it teaches our children to make wise decisions, however some fear is unjustified or an illusion. We as parents, want to protect our children, but sometimes we can put fear in them based off our own fears that can stunt their growth. So, I try to check my fear and expose them to things so that they become familiar with them. College is one of those things.
|Walking the beautiful grounds of Drew University in New Jersey|
|Proud father waves to us with his Trustee robes on.|
|Cousin K with her degree|
|Lil A took this picture!|
|The Proud Mom of the Graduate|
|Aunt S, Cousin B, Cousin K, Uncle B, & the other Cousin K|
|Our Aunt from Germany flew in.|
|Cousin K's cousins and aunt on her father's side.|
|The Male Cousins|
|Big A resting on her dad|
The next day was Mother's Day and what mother wouldn't want to go a Yankees game for her holiday, ha ha ha. Although, not my first choice we did have fun with the cousins.
|Lil A's doll is a Yankee Fan!|
No trip to New York is complete without going to Harlem, and more importantly visiting the $1 Italian Ice carts. It is the richest, yummiest icees in the world (in my Humble opinion) and there are many flavors and carts to choose from. This time we went to the Italian Ice cart near the restaurant "No Pork on My Fork" 125th & 7th Avenue in Harlem.
|The problem is they are soooo good you want to eat them fast and then you get a brain freeze.|
Princeton was a lively town at 10pm, many people were walking and riding bikes including families with small children & elderly couples. The place that caught our eyes with a line that could easily be out the door was Thomas Sweet Ice Cream & Chocolate.