Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Okay, I could really use some advice here. My son is 18 and in his senior year of high school. He is a great kid, a kind soul, a good heart, you get my drift. For the past 2 years he has really started to get engrossed in history and world cultures. He just recently got accepted to Penn State University and will be majoring in Secondary Education - yes, he wants to teach History to high schoolers (God bless his heart!) He is especially fond of Eastern Asian cultures and is fascinated by their customs, religions, etc. While he worked part-time at McDonald's last year he came to meet quite a lot of people from those countries who worked at McDonald's as part of their college work study program back in their home countries. This was great for my son who got to know these friends and got to ask them questions about their countries and cultures and really learned quite a lot along the way. He has met friends from Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Turkey, Cambodia, South America, etc. This has really been a good thing for him and we have nicknamed him "The Ambassador" as he has been the one to show these people around Pittsburgh and he has taken them to the sights of our wonderful city - the good restaurants, landmarks, and true delights of what makes our city special.
Now, here comes the hard thing for me as his parent....now he would like to take a trip to visit the countries he is so fascinated by...Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand! He has kept in contact via Facebook and email with all of the people he had met through McDonald's and he would like to take a 3 week trip to see the sights of these 3 countries. He has saved up every paycheck for the past year and is set on going. We, as his parents, are not quite "on board" for such a trip and a trip of this magnitude would be quite costly for all of us to take. We really don't know what to do. I have always wanted my children to experience all life has to offer, but this is so very scary! Am I too protective? He will turn 19 in July and I have many friends who feel that it would be such and educational experience for him and that we should let him have his wings and do it....
I could really use some advice here. My husband and I are having a hard enough time dealing with him going off to college in the fall..which is only a 2 hour drive away! This trip is around the globe!