Family update on my three big boys
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|Thu, 04-17-2014 - 4:24pm|
Only one of my "three big boys" is a teen anymore, and he turned 18 at the end of February. Greg is a high school senior and one of six (!) co-valedictorians in his class. He's going to be going to Western Michigan University in the fall to study biochemistry. He was awarded the Medallion Scholarship, which is their highest award ($50K over four years), but I still had him spend a lot of time over spring break filling out scholarship applications to help defray the rest of his costs. I think he did seven applications for local and regional scholarships. After a crazy-busy March in which he had the lead in our school's production of Seussical, we are having a fairly quiet April, which is nice, because May is going to be non-stop activity. He's got AP exams, pops concert, choir trip to Cleveland, final exams, graduation and open house.
Christopher, my 21-year-old, is going to be graduating from Lansing Community College in mid-May with his Associate of Applied Arts in Computer Graphics/Multimedia. He is working two jobs right now: he has a clerical position in LCC's student services department, and is a manager at at food service stand for the Lansing Lugnuts (minor league baseball team). He was an employee at this stand last year, and when the season began, they promoted him to manager, which means more hours and slightly more money per hour. Chris, his girlfriend Sophia, and their son, Astor, moved into an apartment in early April. They are still getting settled--he's very neat and organized and she's not (this is a massive understatement). Still, they are muddling through with all of the things that come with apartment life, parenthood, jobs, and school. I'm incredibly proud of Chris and all he has accomplished--he has Asperger's Syndrome, and if you had told me when he was 6 or 7 that he would someday have a college degree, a job, and a family, I would have thought you were nuts.
Matt, my 23-year-old, after being unemployed since November, finally got a 40-hour-a-week job at a call center that handles health insurance enrollments. Because of the Affordable Care Act, this company has hired 100 new reps--Matt's finishing up his second of three weeks of paid training, then he gets put on the phones for real. He still seems to have no interest in going back to school and getting his degree, but for now, I'm just happy he's employed.
Because Chris moved out of the room he shared with Greg, Matt was able to move out of the room he shared with Cathy, my 11-year--old, and now she and I are in the process of transforming her space into a nice tween girl bedroom. She is ecstatic. She's a busy fifth grader, still active in Girl Scouts with me as her leader. She was also in the high school musical as a "Who." My grandson, Astor, was also in the play, as the "baby elephant bird" that hatches at the end of the show.
I'm having a busy time, too. After supporting Matt and Greg in musical theater throughout their high school years, I finally took the plunge for myself and am in rehearsals for our local community dinner theatre's production of "Nunsense: The Mega-Musical." I am taking a break from the barbershop chorus to do this and I'm having a blast. I'm also preparing for an in-person Jeopardy audition in May in Detroit. I've been doing the online test for the past five years, and got contacted in March that I was selected to audition for the show. This is a major bucklet list item for me, so I'm excited and nervous about the opportunity.
My DH, Jay, is still struggling with his chronic pain issues, but after a very depressing winter, he seems to be making some effort to be part of family life as the weather warms up. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that he'll be able to attend both Christopher's and Gregory's graduations.
And that's the news from Michigan!