I feel like today could be one of those days I’ll remember for the rest of my life. I’m not sure why. Nothing of great significance took place; it was just a Saturday. We were all home with no jobs to do and no places to be. I suppose I hadn’t realised how rare these kinds of days had become.
The sun was shining and the flowers were in full bloom. I love the flowers on days like this; it’s like the sun activates their scent and they fill the whole property with rich and beautiful smells. There was nothing any of us wanted to do except soak up the sunshine like fat lizards, so we sat out in the garden while Mum and Jaden played chess. I could hear the chirping of the birds and the gentle lapping of the pool in the distance. It was just perfect.
It felt like the ideal time to tell Mum and Dad about uni, so we did. It was the cherry on top of an already amazing day; Mum and Dad were so thrilled! Well, I think Mum was thrilled; she was a little distracted. Jaden’s been teaching her how to play chess for a while now and she’s determined to beat him. Jaden must be a good teacher; she’s close. And she’s competitive. Jaden had better watch out.
Anyway, Mum’s mind may have been elsewhere but Dad was over the moon with excitement for us! He wanted to know everything; where we were going, what living arrangements we wanted, what classes we’d be taking, what we’d be taking with us, what we’d be leaving behind …
We told him we wanted to rent a house on campus, just the three of us. He seemed to like that. I don’t think he could bear the thought of the three of us splitting up.
Mum and Dad are taking us to dinner tonight to celebrate our decision! Dad says that we’ll be the first generation to attend university since our great, great, great grandmother Curie graduated with honours like … I don’t know, a million years ago? Probably?
It’s crazy, I can still smell the flowers from all the way up here in my room. After Mum and Dad, I think I’m going to miss that smell most of all.