Also in the Essays by David Bouchier series
David Bouchier Essay: Deep French
David continues his linguistic and cultural education in France.
David Bouchier Essay: Presidents' Day 2009
David suggests that we should pay more attention to Presidents' Day.
David Bouchier Essay: The Secretive Gourmet
David discovers a restaurant in Paris.
David Bouchier Essay: Great Expectations
David reports that Inauguration Day is anticipated with optimism in Europe.
David Bouchier Essay: Othello's Cyprus
David revisits an ancient conflict on the island of Cyprus.
David Bouchier Essay: Down by the River Side
David recalls a beloved children's book with a message.
David Bouchier Essay: Freedom Trail
David visits Boston and rewrites some history.
David Bouchier Essay: Europe Shock
David finds it quite easy to adjust to life in Belgium.
For thousands of teenagers this will be the first of many weeks away from home and family, as they settle into college dorms and begin the hard struggle to transform themselves from naïve high school students into sophisticated graduates. It is a moment of high drama for them, and for their parents. Indeed, it seems that some parents have a hard time letting go. They hover around the campus, sometimes staying in local motels. Some colleges have had to create special “separation ceremonies” to mark the moment when sons and daughters are finally, irrevocably cut loose and on their own.
They’re not on their own, of course. They are surrounded by hundreds of other sons and daughters who are gearing up for the party of a lifetime. At last they have their own space, away from parental supervision. Entering your first dorm room must be truly a magic moment: free at last. That’s why the parents...
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