Yesterday was the big #3 Son day. The celebration of his birthday was brief - but fulfilling. He got money (what every young college man needs) plus some toiletries and a few other things that he may or may not need.
We had a chance to talk for a while. What he doesn't understand, at this point, is just how happy one simple thing he's been doing has made me. You see, he's been working on campus, doing 'Theater Tech'. North Central College has a very active Theater and Theater Arts department - and their facilities are much used for both school and commercial theatrical presentations. He does sound and lighting, and he gets paid. A little on campus work. And he has been saving his money for something he wants. A TV for his dorm room. His own TV. He has $350 of his own money saved and he's going for more - I told him to get a 120hz refresh rate system - 60hz is too slow and he won't be happy with it. But the thing is - he's SAVING UP. Not asking Mom & Dad for the money. And that little demonstration of responsibility makes me very, very happy.
It bodes well for his future. And my wallet.