My son is one of my favorite people on earth. He’s hilarious, he cracks me up. When people meet him, they tell me how great he is. I’m not kidding! This kid is good people. He has all the things I never did at his age – maturity, smarts, musical skills, and…he’s cool. Really. People confess to me that he is their favorite Student, Client, Employee…(fill in the blank, this happens all the time.) He would KILL me if he knew I was saying all of this. Oh, he’s also humble. (Which adds to the cool part.)
This Spring my son was struggling. Not going to go into the details because that’s his personal story, but just trust me on this. Uncharacteristically, my son wasn’t getting up in the morning, he was isolating from friends and was basically refusing to go to school. Remember, I said this kid is smart – he used to do his big sister’s math homework in 2nd grade. His love of learning has always been with him from infancy. But ever since 6th grade, he’s slowly and progressively been losing interest in school.
Over the years I’ve watched the light go out of his eyes in the traditional classroom setting. By the time April of this year rolled around, my son had two life goals: dropping out of school and living in a van. Maybe getting a dog.
As I listened to my son tell me that he really and truly doesn’t want to go back to school and wants to “drop out” I had an “Aha!” moment. What if we “Dropped In” and hit the road? What if we took the Fall Semester of 2017 and he got to live and learn in real time, in the real world, seeing life through the eyes of a traveler?
This Blog will chronicle our travels this Fall, from Vancouver down to Baja, living in a van and seeing the world through fresh eyes. Thank you for sharing this with us!