Look who’s preparing to go to Jerusalem!! Claire got a big white envelope this week accepting her into the BYU Center for Near Eastern Studies, contingent on one last interview. I’m pretty excited for her. I did the same when I was about her age, in 1979 before the Jerusalem Center was built. It was the best semester of my student life, living and studying in Jerusalem. We lived at the Ramat Rachel kibbutz and spent 6 months traveling and studying there. It was life-changing.
Last year Claire spent a semester in Vienna. When I was young I was an exchange student in Germany. It’s kind of fun to see her following many of the same paths I took at her age. We’re different in many ways — I’m an old fuddy duddy mom– and she’s cool and smart and stylish, but we seem to seek out the same kinds of opportunities.
Yes, I am seeing parts of me in her, more and more as she grows up and goes out into the world. We have our differences (she loves math and stats and calculus and hard things, she likes to clean her room, she moves really fast, and she multi-tasks about ten times more than I do), but we have our similarities too, as she mentioned in the card.
There are other ways we are alike: we don’t do make-up or primp, (we get ready for our day in 15 min or less, shower included), we like fabric, we write every single day in journals, we love photography, we organize and mobilize people, and we fill our plates very full. It’s pretty fun to watch our lives unfold, side by side.
And it’s fun to look back on the paths we’ve taken, from the time Claire was a little girl. A few days ago Claire had a very fun reunion with 2 childhood friends, Abby and Haley, who enjoyed a tea party in our back yard many years ago. These beautiful girls are grown up now. What adventures await them! What fun it is to watch the choices being made and think about what lies in our futures!