As a Son Goes to College …

Yet here, Laertes! aboard, aboard, for shame!
The wind sits in the shoulder of your sail,
And you are stay’d for. There; my blessing with thee!
And these few precepts in thy memory
See thou character. Give thy thoughts no tongue,
Nor any unproportioned thought his act.
Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar.
Those friends thou hast, and their adoption tried,
Grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel;
But do not dull thy palm with entertainment
Of each new-hatch’d, unfledged comrade. Beware
Of entrance to a quarrel, but being in,
Bear’t that the opposed may beware of thee.
Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice;
Take each man’s censure, but reserve thy judgment.
Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy,
But not express’d in fancy; rich, not gaudy;
For the apparel oft proclaims the man,
And they in France of the best rank and station
Are of a most select and generous chief in that.
Neither a borrower nor a lender be;
For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
This above all: to thine ownself be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
Farewell: my blessing season this in thee!

–Polonius, Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 3

3 thoughts on “As a Son Goes to College …

  1. When does he go? My daughter is off on Sept. 3. I like your choice of Polonius’ speech- it works equally well for a daughter.

    I’ve had a few weepy sessions as I prepare for the big separation. And will surely have a few more as time proceeds. Right now the packing/organizing is helping keep emo in check.

    Best wishes as you become a college parent.

  2. August 20. We’re at a meeting this week up at Camp Allen; he got to meet his department chairman. We’re making the list, checking it twice. I have to take him up alone, as we can’t fit cello, clothes, and mom and sister in the car.

  3. We’re flying. Thankfully Southwest allows 2 checked bags per person up to 50 lbs each. The violin will be carry on. Steve and I are both going, so we will have 6 big bags and 2 carry on’s plus the violin.

    Thankfully, my cousin lives 40 miles from the school , so I am packing and shipping stuff to her ahead of time. We’re leaving 2 days ahead of schedule so we have time to shop for small stuff like shampoo and pick up the Bed Bath and Beyond order. All I can say from this packing and shopping prep is that we really are a materialistic society and even those of us who have resisted materialism are affected big time.

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