Saturday, August 13, 2011
As Summer Fades Away
You can always tell when summer is coming to a close - there's a certain look to the sky, a certain feel to the air; night comes quicker and the cicadas stir up quite the racket in the process. It just feels different than it did in July and it looks different too. It looks and feels almost like summer is packing up and getting ready to go having enjoyed its visit but knowing that it's time to move on and let another season take its place.
Not that I mind one iota as I'm just not a summer kinda gal. I much prefer the crispness of autumn and the fantastic foliage of fall. Granted, I wish that autumn stuck around longer before it got rudely shouldered out of the way by Old Man Winter but still, it's my very favorite time of the year and it's fast-approaching.
With it, though, comes the big question of what to do about Amanda not being able to return to Montserrat this year? It was our hope that she get the first year behind her and hopefully things would fall into place after that but alas, that didn't turn out to be the case at all. Still, it just doesn't seem right that she not pursue her love and study of art in some way, shape, or form as the kid has talent but her options are pretty limited at the moment.
That said, I'd like to ask you all to keep your fingers crossed that perhaps she'll be able to at least take a few courses at the local community college. I got in touch with the FAFSA people yesterday and had her information sent to Three Rivers Community College which does offer a few Fine Arts classes though not as many as a regular art college does. Still, something would be better than nothing and if we can work out the financing, I'd rather see her go there then not go anywhere at all. It's not cheap - at almost $500 per 3 credit course plus the cost of materials the State of Connecticut won't really be cutting her any breaks but with any luck maybe she'll qualify for enough to at least get her into a few classes while she also tries to find a part-time job.
It might not be ideal and it sure wouldn't be the same as going to Montserrat but I refuse to give up hope completely that she can't do what she loves and what she's good at.