This is going to be a very stressful week for me. Keaton is leaving to go to Washington D.C. All by himself. Well him and about 100 of his closest friends and a few teachers. You know how I am when the kids are traveling without me.
Keaton has actually traveled quite a bit. He’s been to Orlando, Chicago, New York and London with me. He’s been to Colorado and Tennessee with church. Remember how well I handled his trip to Colorado. Yeah, that well.
This morning it really hit me he’s leaving in just three days. THREE DAYS! I’m not prepared yet. I can’t concentrate on work. Instead I’m sitting here making a list of everything we need to do before he leaves. Laundry, get him some money, find out what time he’s supposed to be at school, etc.
I’m also trying to figure out how to give him money. He has an ATM card, but for some reason he can’t get it to work. [Although Lee tried it and didn't have a problem so obviously Keaton's problem is user error.] So I’m not sure we can go that route. It won’t do him any good to have money in his savings account if he can’t access it because he can’t figure out his ATM card.
But do I just want to hand over a load of cash to a kid who isn’t all that responsible with money. Last summer he went to an amusement park with friends. I gave him $80. He didn’t have any pockets so he kept it his shoe. He lost all his money within an hour of stepping foot in the park. So I’m worried he’ll drop all his money on the first day and have to starve for the rest of the trip. (Although most meals are covered in the cost of the trip so he won’t actually starve.)
So that will be the theme this week. My neurotic paranoia about my thirteen-year-old going to Washington D.C. I’m just warning you.