Skip to main content

Getting Education Early

I am sitting in the class with my third helping of breakfast and third cup of coffee.
Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. --Malcolm X 

I had small talks with my son recently who just turned 18. He is on his last year of high school. I was wondering why he has not started looking for colleges yet.

"I want to take a whole year break from school to work and save up for a car."

In a program where he is now, he can possibly get assistance for housing up to a year. I don't know the details of this but I told him that I see this as a waste of his time. He can just stay home rent-free and concentrate on college. Working part-time can just be extra and not required to pay for necessities. I am not trying to make him stay under my wings forever but I do want to help him succeed as early and as least painful it is to him.

"That is my decision."

Wow. It does not make much sense to me. He makes me nervous. I am worried why he is so in a hurry to leave the house only to go back after a year. In the Filipino tradition, children stay home through college until they get married. I understand we're in the United States, and I am not expecting my children to stay that long, but at least through college years.

Education is very important. I try to tell him, the earlier he finishes college, the earlier he can earn more money. And as hard going to school may be, there is a reward in the end.

I still have ongoing education at work. Each week, at least, I have some e-learning to do online. Last Monday, before work, I had to sit in a class for work, before work. We, nurses, have a hard time sitting for a long time anymore, so they try to get as busy munching on breakfast at the same time. What a treat. I would choose not to study anymore but it is what it is, we have to keep learning as required by our job.

Anyway, I am still hoping he would change his mind and pursue his college education this August. Oh well.


  1. I have heard of other students who have wanted to take a year off after high school, before going on to college. It is painful for parents to watch their children make a decision that they may not feel is the best one.
    I admire you doing whatever you have to do to be a knowledgeable and caring nurse. I am so thankful for the good nurses and aides who care for my Mom in a nursing center.

    1. Thanks for appreciating us, nurses. Our jobs can be hard, physically and emotionally. Hearing from family and patients their appreciation means a lot, even a simple smile back on their hard times.

  2. Maybe your son is unsure what he wants to do with his life and the year will give him time to think. Yes I always think coffee is an essential tool in learning:)

  3. Education is so important.... and I think, the right of every person, no matter what his inheritage is. In some countries around the world it can be taken for free, in others, (like the one I live in) it is only for the people who have that loads of money to give it to their childeren....

    Have a nice ABC-Wednesday / _ Week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc=w=team)
    (want to take a preview at the new url starting round 21 ?

  4. Education assuredly IS important! Hope it works out.


Post a Comment

Thanks for stopping by. I would love to read your comment.

Popular Posts

Charity and The Garden of Gods

The alphabet this week is the letter C. What words inspire you to write? Today, I am thinking of:

CharityClimbCanChurchChoosingChangesChoiceCharity MilesChildContribution This statement from church sticks to my mind this week. God wants us to want what he wants.

Is that like I want my teens to want what I want not simply do what I say without putting their heart into it? You betcha.

I'd like them to do good for themselves, nourish, not harm--their brain, body, and soul. I'd like them to put focus in school and pick good friends. I'd like them to be, someday, self-sufficient, and be helpful members of the society.

God wants us to helps ourselves so we can be of help to others. God wants us to be generous. It's only last Saturday, that I was convinced I should give more to charity andchurch. The right time in my definition will never come as I would probably never be satisfied with my income and expenses. But God wants me to give to others. In my preference, it would be …

Forcing Myself to Express Gratitude

Hello. Hello. Here I am again this week. Back with a thankful post, I did not feel like writing.

My oldest child (18) surprised me with an old car he bought a few days ago--a Dodge Stratus 2003, sedan, with a sportsy look. Never mind the paint that needs to be redone. That is just cosmetics. But the windshield has cracks in two spots. In addition, the front tires are bald, and the first time he introduced it to me, it did not even start.

"Oh, I must have left a light on."


The car is operable again but I am still nervous. He was supposed to work today at 4 pm, I thought. At 3:45 pm, I got hold of him. He was about to drive from a park to home. He said he'd go home to change his shoes before work. Half an hour later, I could not concentrate. My head is hurting and I was almost certain he got into some kind of trouble.

He came home for a couple minutes. He seemed OK. He works at 4:30 pm, he said. I wished he would have told me earlier.

Communication. We need to talk…

Amazon Fresh Review

The letter of the week from ABC Wednesday is the letter A. For the lack of ideas, I am writing about the new (to me) grocery delivery service through  Amazon called Amazon Fresh. I promise I am not getting paid by Amazon for writing this post.

How timely is that that I have just received my first grocery today with Amazon Fresh. What did I order? See the picture below including five grocery items not included.

Here is a review based on my first try with Amazon Fresh Grocery Delivery by Amazon in Denver, Colorado.

One advantage of using the service is the convenience. I ordered online without having to walk the isles of the store and standing in line waiting for the cashier. The groceries are delivered right to my front door--kinda like the Uber or Lyft for my groceries. This service can attract home-bound adults, busy folks, or some people with transportation issues, like, maybe college students who do not have a car. I am thinking I can do this to friends who are sick or old who…