A reflection on taking our first son to college
Indiana University Orientation
A hot weekend in roasted granite
wandering the ivory tower of
Southern Indiana red. Hoosier Red.
Red faces with beads of sweat streaming down
alongside sideburns still coming in.
Red cheeks blazing with melting hot
passion inside, waiting to bust out.
Waiting to be defined by new voices,
mentors and textbooks. Did we define it enough?
Riding that red tricycle in Super-Tot parades,
Going places at your own pace with
Red and white streamers curling on air.
Today ‘s tentative smile, braces still on with
three weeks and counting to go.
Go forward. Go strong. Go with God,
to that good land of fire engine red.

Margaret Philbrick

Margaret Philbrick is an author, gardener and teacher who desires to plant seeds in hearts. Margaret has a B.A. in English Literature from Trinity University in San Antonio Tx.and a Masters in Teaching from National Louis University. She teaches writing and literature to children and teens at The Greenhouse School and H.S.U., both of which provide supplemental classical education to the home-school community. She is actively involved in the fulfillment of God’s vision at Church of the Resurrection and the Redbud Writers Guild where she serves on the board of both organizations. Her first book, Back to the Manger, is a holiday gift book she created with her mother, an oil painter. Her debut novel, A Minor, released to critical acclaim in 2014. You can find Margaret in her garden digging in the dirt or writing poetry and you can connect with her on-line via her website at: www.margaretphilbrick.com.
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