Daily poem: August stanza 28

This stanza, written a while back now is so appropriate for us.


Fledgling child

ready to fly

but for the winds of the world,

hover a while,

the sea is wild.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

35 thoughts on “Daily poem: August stanza 28”

      1. They changed the admissions system this year and NOBODY knows how it works. Not even the universities. The kids are offered places that they can accept or hold out to rise up the list in the university they really want to go to, or they chicken out and accept the place they’ve been offered. She accepted the first place that she was offered (at Toulouse) about two and a half hours away by car because she was way down the waiting list for Bordeaux. But the student residences are all full. Bummer.

      2. That’s awful. Of course, our system here means most students have to pay off debts for many years after they graduate. Both our girls went to private colleges. Our older daughter lived in a dorm the whole time; our younger daughter lived in a dorm the first two years, and then shared a house with two guys for her last two years.

      3. We don’t have to shell out for fees if they go to the state university, and most kids want to stay close to home. But ours is going too far away and we don’t have the possibility of renting her an apartment. Lots of kids have student loans to go to private colleges, but it’s almost on the understanding that if you pay for a private education, you’re buying a job at the end of it, so the banks are quite willing to lend.

      4. She’s very young, almost a year younger than the rest of her year so if she has to wait until next year to take up her place it won’t be the end of the world. She’ll be at the head of the queue for a place in a residence then ๐Ÿ™‚

      5. She’ll have to do something useful. Maybe civic service or learn Spanish, or go to Germany to perfect her German. I don’t want her to spend a year helping fold the laundry of prepare the meals.

      1. French kids always prefer to stay at home, but she’s steeled herself for leaving, and now it looks doubtful she’ll be able to accept the place. It’s a rotten situation to be in.

      2. Yes, quite! A gap (should it happen) year like that could send her on all sorts of journeys and adventures prior to bogging down to the hard work of learning. It’s lovely being a student though …

      3. I have such good memories of university. It’s true though that a year doing something that’s neither strictly academic nor simply a job would give her an extra string to her bow.

      4. A friend’s daughter took a gap year, her own choice, and benefitted. A year older and so much more maturity to deal with the complex interaction with other students. Hope she gets what she wants most though.

  1. Many students here take a “gap year”, usually because they aren’t quite sure what direction to go in college. Fingers crossed that everything works out. (K)

    1. Yes, my husband did, and some of her cousins have taken several gap years, and three brothers and sisters are making a career out of gap years. It’s not too dramatic, just a disappointment.

    1. Thanks Willow. We’re trying to build up the advantages of a gap year. This system is so bloody useless. Same everywhere I suppose. It costs you, and if the parents don’t have the money, the children never get a chance at higher education.

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