Well, not quite, but I'm seriously missing Lost these days. Any fans know what's up with that?
In other (real life) news...
#1 has been a member of a longitudinal study through the University of Maryland since he was 9 months old.
We have gone once or twice per year since that time, and yesterday was the first of two visits scheduled for year 7 of the studies.
People (and by people, I mostly mean Hubby) are always asking me why I do it.
There are many reasons.
First, they give everyone a cool picture like this to share with your family, friends, and blog readers (okay that last one is probably just me).
Second, they pay me. I don't know about you, but I'm not one to look a $60 gift horse in the mouth. Particularly since this certain gift horse requires only that I sit in a recliner in a quiet room and try not to doze off while my most manageable child participates in various, largely non-intrusive research trials. When they call every summer, I happily answer.
Third, it's interesting. I get to learn all about current child development research and, as it happens, that's kinda my thing. Despite my inability to successfully parent my own children on a consistent basis, I am a highly (maybe not highly, but certainly more highly than a good chunk of the general population) educated. And, while they may not appear to serve me well (or at all) in my current daily pursuits, I can count numerous academic achievements under my name, most of which were gained in the field of child development and education. So yeah, I pretty much dig it.
Fourth, I support research. I find it not only intriguing, but necessary to furthering our current understanding of human nature and possibility. Plus, I remember being a researcher myself, so I have an appreciation for the difficulty of locating and securing participants that are willing and able to participate. I pride myself on being that one person they can count on to return, forms filled out, each year. I realize that this willingness may make the findings based on me a bit skewed, but hey, what can I do?
And, finally, it's my Alma Mater (for grad school at least). I'm all for supporting my Alma Mater maybe not financially (please stop calling me you bloody alumni association telemarketers), but in spirit (Go Terps!). I enjoy going back there on occasion and taking a look around (it has changed SO much), to reminesce on my more carefree days (although, I did have #1 in grad school, it was way less than 3). And, it's fun to take the dude to see what college is all about. You know, give him a taste of what life will be like for him one day.
What's not fun? Going on orientation day, that's what.
Somehow our 7 year old visit date and time corresponded with orientation for giddy-just-turned-18-lost-and-wide-eyed prospective students and their equally can't-believe-this-is-my-baby-deer-in-headlights-like parents.
It was a mad house of people crossing streets inappropriately and committing various other unbelievable traffic violations.
At one point I seriously considered Grand Theft Auto-ing it right through a mob of lost pedestrians as they consulted their handy-dandy campus maps in the middle of an intersection.
But, aside from that, I was pleased with the experience, and #1 and I did a little walking and talking and shooting of pictures.
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