OK, so Violet got into Davidson, and to answer Cher Mere’s question, yes, I am elated!
I am really excited at the idea that as Violet gets older we might find mentors for her in pursuing her interests. I would really like some help in thinking about alternatives to early college admission (by early I mean 15 or younger, 16 is OK with me).
But the elation part comes more out of relief and even a bit of vindication. After all this time out of the school system (and I don’t put all the blame on the school), I am still plagued by doubts that I am a pushy parent with a grossly inflated sense of my child’s intelligence and abilities. (Let me tell you, doing math with a child high on Halloween candy can give you similar doubts!) A little outside validation goes a long way with me, however unnecessary it may really be.
It is probably telling that I am always excited to find that I dwell at least near the realms of reality.