My terrific daughter Elisabeth had enough time to spare to meet me for breakfast before heading into work at the orthopedic complex in Hamilton.
That made leaving at 7:30 a.m. for the 40-or-so mile drive southeast from Syracuse well worth my while.
We agreed on the big joint on the main drag less than a mile from where she lives with her mom, and she was sitting in her Malibu waiting when I pulled in on the dot.
A couple weeks out from the end of her first year back in college so she can receive New York state certification to become a physical therapist assistant, and all is well, said Elisabeth as we waited for her omelet and my eggs-over-easy.
In fact, taking the classes out of the equation with her administrative job at Hamilton Orthopedics & Sports Medicine has made her life a little easier, she admitted. Two semesters and two internships left before she’s done at Onondaga Community College. The final internship, next summer, is set at Oneida Medical Center. She’s attempting to get the earlier winter internship OK’d for Hamilton, so she doesn’t have to drive so far in possible snowy conditions.
We moved on to excitedly discuss our next major event, an end-of-July trip with boyfriend George Three and my dear wife Karen that includes air travel.
Soon the food had come and gone and we were back at our cars in the parking lot.
Hug. Kiss on the top of her head. That’s our thing developed over time, what my 25-year-old still offers and I will always take.
And I was off just a couple more miles south, to the pictureque Seven Oaks Golf Course, to meet KP and Tater for our third and final coupon round. That post comes tomorrow.
What comfortable routine have you established with a parent or child? Where do you best like to grab quick time with them? What’s the next big plan you have with them?