On the second of April, Peter, David and I attended Experience Exeter, a daylong introduction to Phillips Exeter Academy for admitted students as well as their parents. To say we came away dazzled is an understatement.
Of course, there is something very bittersweet about the fact that Peter shall be going off to boarding school. Yes, it is the realization of both a dream and some very focused and labor intensive campaigning on the part of yours truly. I couldn’t be happier about the end result: a new world is going to open up for Pete; one glittering with opportunity. In addition, he will become a member of a community that shall provide him with academic, social and emotional support.
However, from a purely selfish standpoint, this is going to require some adjustment. You see, Peter Duff is really great company. I adore this kid and love spending time with him. A couple of days ago, the two of us were out running errands. At one point I began to feel a little emotional and turned to Pete to say, “I’m really going to miss you.” He responded with, “I’m glad you’re going to miss me.” (versus the alternative!) However, what I heard was “I’m glad you’re coming with me.” That is what you call wishful hearing.
For a peek into what the future holds for young Master Duff, check out the lovely video PEA sent along with the email announcing his acceptance:
(if you don’t see a video, you may have to download vimeo—my apologies!)