People ask him what he wants to be. They ask about his field of study and what he will major in. They ask these questions with a straight face, as though he might actually know the answers. And he smiles and often replies in expected ways. But we know the real story. College is the in-between place we've sent him to finish growing up. And while his education is about advancing his intelligence, broadening his horizons, and unsettling his mind - he is not nearly as focused on the kind of degree he will receive as the kind of man he will become.

Every time he returns home, I see signs of maturity, like little buds sprouting from the branches of a tree. He is in the spring of life and learning to accept himself.

Self-knowledge is no guarantee of happiness, but it is on the side of happiness and can supply the courage to fight for it. –Simone de Beauvoir
Day 320

Day 320