A few more days, perhaps, a few hours from now, my son, Peter, and I will be flying to D. R. Congo. Perhaps, this is the most important moment I will be spending with him, after our one-day retreat at St Meinrad, Indiana, at the beginning of the month. Perhaps, the trip will be the right of passage for him as well. There are a lot of exciting opportunities to look forward to. I am hoping that these opportunities will open room for more growth. I am excited for the opportunity and I am looking forward to spending this precious time with him.
The reason of spending time with him, is the realization that he will be gone out to college in less than four years. I do not feel like I have played enough with him, hugged him enough, talked to him enough either. He is growing up to be a charming man, I can admit. At the same time, I want to hang on to him as much as I can, out of selfishness. But sooner or later, sooner maybe, he would want to undertake life adventure on his own. In the meantime, he and I will be heading to DR Congo. This summer gives me an opportunity to be with him, just with him.
At St Meinrad Archabbey in the south of Indiana, Peter and I were on a father-and-son retreat. We talked about many things that we have never talked about before. Peter handled the conversations pretty well. I had to be the uncle and dad at the same time, unfortunately. Back home, my brother and relatives would have been his buddies when it comes to discussing life skills. I am interested in knowing how our adventure in DR Congo will uncover for him. He thinks he is a Congolese, but I think he has amazingly immersed in the American culture pretty well.