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.

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