I have much to say and not enough time to say it in and you probably don't want to read that long of a post anyhow so I am going to break it up into a couple of posts.
733 miles round trip is what we finally drove. I averaged 14.8 miles to the gallon and maintained a blistering average speed of 45.9 MPH. That is over a course of three days on the highway, through the city and off in the back roads. I am wore plumb out.
In part two I will tell yall about the Amish village I was at and some of the things we got to see and learn but in this quick post I want to talk about the Blog Meet and the Girl.
Monday we took the tour of Texas A&M and learned some really good stuff about the university I never knew. They are big on symbolism and deep meanings on just about everything your see. For instance, Rutter tower is built 11 stories tall because that was the same height Doctor Rutter and his men had to climb during an invasion in WW11. Things like that are all over the campus dating all the way back to the 1800's. It is a real privilege that my daughter will now be part of that living history.
The girl stayed on campus in a dorm room for her first time while the wife and I stayed in luxury at the Hilton. I could never afford the room we we in but with the new Aggie parent discount, they made it as affordable as a motel 6 so we did it.
As we went our own ways Monday night I guess it kinda hit me that the girl will be living here and not with me for the first time in her life and it was at that moment I think I made a huge mistake.
I have prepped her her whole life for this moment but never took the time to prep myself. I don't know how I am going to just drive away next month and let her start her life without me there. I don't know how to deal with this at all. Parents do this all the time so why is this so hard?
We all want our kids to do better than we did and I know in the end this will be the best thing she could ever do. Not that my life has been bad but I do not want her to hang around this one horse town and marry some dirt farming redneck like her momma did. We have had way to many struggles in life and this girl is way to smart not to make a big name for herself.
In the end if she is happy by doing what her momma did, then I will be happy for her but in the meantime, she needs to do this herself and know she is somebody without having somebody to take care of and then always wonder what could have been. I just wished it could be closer.
Tuesday night after some site seeing, the wife and I met up with HossBoss from womanrunswithhorses and her hubby Yeoldfurt. She says it was a blog meet and I guess she is right.
After reading about a persons life for over a year now I already new them and though of them as friends. I just have never met them. I probably over thought this meeting way to much but I was kinda nervous because I did not know if I needed to live up to the Redneck image or try and sound more educated and proper.
All my worries went out the window in the first 30 seconds when the two women teamed up and started to harass us two men folk.
I knew I was in good company when I was made fun of using a knife and fork, together at the same time so I finally gave into formalities and just used my fingers. Over the next three hours the blogs only came up a few times and most of the conversations were focused on getting to know one another on the stuff not blogged about. She puts it in better words than I do so you will have to read hers to get a better understanding of the blog meet.
We had them as internet friends but now they are good friends with a life long connection. We plan to make several more trips down there over the next few years and plan to meet up again.
Is that crazy or what? I guess the people who read our blogs in this little circle we all have are a lot closer than we think. Like it or not, you people are stuck with me and I hope one day I get to meet you all.