Lots of you live in different cities, states, and even countries, from your where your parents are, I’m sure. You call, go visit when you can, but you’ve made a home somewhere else. Or else they have. Either way, your values, comfort zones, and communities are different. This is more or less the norm these days. Kennedy, our new front desk worker, is basically falling in line with the modern standard, then, choosing to live in California though his mother is in Texas.
It’s a little more complicated, though. Kennedy, you see, was born in Texas, as was his mother. But while she grew up a Texan and moved to California as an adult experiment, Kennedy, who was 4 when they arrived in the Golden State, spent all his formative years becoming a California boy. So that when he was going into his junior year of high school and she couldn’t find work and decided to move to what she considered home, he tried to go with and found that he couldn’t. Home for him was different than it was for his mother and so, after just a few months, the two of them agreed that he could move back to California. He was sixteen. He moved in with a friend, got a job, supported himself in the choice he had made to let his mother go. He’s since graduated from high school and though he applied, and was accepted, to college in Texas, ultimately he couldn’t do it. He’s going to junior college now, planning to transfer to UC Santa Barbara.
And so he’s here with us, the youngest member of our little team. But though he’s full of all the youthful uncertainty about what he’ll do with his life and what he wants from the world, this is a guy who’s made a tough decision and made it work. When the right thing comes, he’ll know how to act. And when you have a problem, he’ll figure out how to solve it.