Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The List 2.0

It's Cooc's turn.  It's his college search.  He needs to make a list of colleges & universities, to which to apply.
     His list will all be southern schools.  He has no desire to go to school in the northeast.  He wants to attend a big school with big-time sports.  His number one right now is Florida State.  But I told him the same thing I told Caz, you need to make a list.  You need to have choices.
     So we used his school's recommended college search tool, Naviance.  Caz used it.  It worked well.  The parameters work nicely for searches.

The first draft:

Florida State
U of South Carolina
U of Georgia
LSU
Auburn
Alabama
U of Kentucky
Tennessee
Clemson
Mississippi State


This will change.  Maybe not by much.  But it is a start.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Goodbye to You

These goodbyes seem to be getting harder, not easier.  I took Caz to the airport today, so that he could return to Auburn.  This visit seemed too fast.  He was ready to go back though.  I get it.  I actually do remember that feeling.  He is better than I was.  He recognized how tough it is on his parents.  He gave me a huge hug on the curb, outside of Concourse C.
     I tracked his flight all afternoon.  He had a nice surprise waiting for him in Atlanta.  His girlfriend was there waiting for him, to drive him back to college.  Me?  I am putting of cleaning his room for another day.  I don’t want to go see it empty.  I know this is how it’s supposed to be.  But it doesn’t make it any easier.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Bowl Day 2018

Happy New Year!  Welcome back to the greatest day of college football viewing of the season.  The boys are doing their own thing.  They both slept past noon.  Coco is continuing his marathon Call of Duty WWII session.  Caz watched Auburn in the Peach Bowl with me.  A very relaxing and low key day.  Perfect start of the year.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

NYE 2017

The most harrowing part of New Years and having teenagers, is worrying about them.  What are their plans?  Will they be driving?  If so, will they be driving late?  Who will they be with?  Fortunately, this year, Coco worked a double shift, so he stayed in.  Caz went out.  He didn’t drive but his buddy did.  A bunch of them played Risk until midnight.  Very low key.  The danger is who else might be on the road and in what condition,when Caz makes the jaunt home.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Boys Day Dec 2017

The boys & I had a great afternoon.  I wanted to spend some dedicated time with them.  Mission accomplished.  We started with luncheon specials at Tsangs Cafe.  We had some great conversation about brothers, college and life.  We browsed video games at Game Stop.  We went shopping for shoes for them both.  The banter was the best part.  We got quality time together.  What more could a dad want?

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Wearing Your Heart on Your Sleeve

A post on Instagram by Caz popped up on my feed this morning.  He posted a nice photo of his girlfriend and himself.  His caption was very honest and straightforward.  What struck me is that he knows who follows him on this social media platform.  And he didn't hesitate to put himself out there.  He put his feelings out there.  That is a great trait.  He wants people to know how his is feeling.  Good for you son!

Monday, December 25, 2017

Christmas 2017

Merry Christmas Everyone!  To Fathers everywhere, the warmest wishes of the season.

The four Chins were all together for the major holiday.  It was all I wanted for Christmas.  Sure we hosted my folks and my brother's family.  And it was amazing for all of us to be together.  But the core family unit being together?  That was the best present.  Who knows how many more we may have.  The boys may have families of their own soon.  It's probably years away.  But that time will pass quickly.  I love the four of us together.  That is the special part of the holiday for me.