Between my summer road trip to Lincoln, Nebraska (and the great Western US Adventure), and my trip up to Oregon for the total solar eclipse, I spent time with Garrett.
He is my first born, a late millennial Vampire, now a fourth year college student (they no longer use the terms Freshman – Senior.)
One night we sat together on the back deck watching the bats fly around the tops of the trees. The cats were underneath the porch light catching moths.
He changed his major from some sort of Environmental Science to Music Composition with maybe a minor in Film and Media Studies. He has the talent and the drive to be successful. Plus he has the advantage of being a Vampire. And his Uncle Andy (my bro) is musically gifted in astounding ways, and supports Garrett in every way.
Garrett is still interested in Environmental issues, along with fine art, but his heart is in music, as well as his talents.
Sometimes I am in awe of the remarkable young man who appreciates his talents and gifts. He also appreciates those around him.
“My friends and I,” he tells me, “we don’t take our donors for granted. We never take needlessly or aggressively. We’re not into that.”
I’m proud of my modern young Vampire son. He is by no means a pansy assed wimp. He is strong, and smart, and coming into his own powers. He is also kind, and sensitive, and full of humor. He can compose a jazz, or classical piece of music, then a few minutes later write a love letter for a friend, then go watch a science lecture just for the fun of it.
I worry about the future, but then again, I look at my kids and their friends, all new adults, and I’m not so worried.
As parents we need to teach them the knowledge of the past. In turn, they will create the knowledge of the future. Even as they grow older and lead their own lives, we are still parents. Appreciate their success. Don’t dwell on their failures. Enjoy them. Treasure them. Share yourself with them. And know you’ve done a good job (and if you haven’t it is never too late to turn things around.)
~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman