By this time on Saturday (yeah, I know, that's TODAY now) I will be in Oklahoma. It's not that Hick and I wanted to spend New Year's Eve celebrating with the winds rushing down the plains. The wind did that at home on Thursday! Not the celebrating part, though.
The Pony wanted to get back to his comfort zone. He has some friends who will be coming back early, before the semester starts. Maybe not THIS early, though! And he wants to meet with the professor whose lab he will be doing research in for his FYRE (First Year Research Experience) class for Spring semester. He gets 3 hours of honors chemistry credit for it.
We had planned for The Pony to stay at least through the upcoming week. But Genius's plans, and Hick's work schedule, put the kibosh on that. We want to spend a night in Oklahoma, maybe (heh, heh, like you believe MAYBE) go to an Indian casino. Hick wants to check out the Goodwill and thrift shops. We can go out for a meal with The Pony before our final separation. Help him move his Christmas haul into his dorm room.
However...Genius is off to San Francisco and Portland for a week. Hick and he are getting up at 3:00 a.m. to leave for the airport by 4:00. The Pony and I will leave here at 6:00 a.m., and meet up with Hick halfway across Missouri. From there we will convoy to Norman. The problem with seeing The Pony off to OU next weekend is that Genius will be needing a ride home from the airport on Sunday. Hick works (his new retirement schedule) until 5:00 Thursday. We could have left and spent Friday and Saturday there, but with the weather clear for sure now, we caved to The Pony's wishes. No way do we want to risk another icy trip, and Missouri winters are unpredictable.
You know how it goes. Once they leave home for college, nothing is ever the same again. We're just a way station for re-fueling the belly and the pocketbook.
I miss both boys already. Not sure they would say the same about me!