What a treat to get to meet Dwight’s friends and see him in his new home environment. We celebrated Dwight’s 19th birthday at dinner with Dwight and Elizabeth at Lantern, an excellent restaurant on Franklin Street. Dave and I had heard about Elizabeth since Dwight met her in South Africa in June and have even spoken with her about summer job possibilities. But we had never met so it was a treat to have an elegant dinner out, just the four of us. The next day we tailgated at Dwight’s fraternity house, Pi Kapp, and got to meet some of his fraternity brothers and friends.
We then enjoyed an American fall tradition, the college football game–which goes to a new level in the South. Even at UNC, which is in the ACC, not the SEC, and is not that great, it is a big deal. UNC did not play well and lost pretty badly but it was all great fun to be at a football game in North Carolina with Dwight on a sunny Saturday afternoon.
Before we left town, we were able to hang with Dwight talking philosophy late into the night (we really appreciated that he will do this with his parents, not just his roommates and friends!)
and meet his suite mates and a few of his best friends. We brought pizza and beer to the dorm suite and, miraculously, most of them showed up. Free food and beer and college kids are there! It was so nice to finally meet the kids we had heard about and seen repeated pictures of on facebook. Dwight has bright, funny, interesting and cool friends. We can now really picture him in his home environment–Morrison dorm, Pi Kapp fraternity and all of UNC campus.
He continues to be involved in a dizzying array of activities–volunteering at Carboro Elementary School, a three year mentor to an area Latino high school sophomore via the Scholarship Latino Initiative, Carolina United, ski team, volleyball…. oh yeah, and his classes!! He and Elizabeth, who is a student at UNC Charlotte, two hours away, are visiting each other most weekends as well.
You can imagine that he was thrilled when we left the car there for him to use this school year. I think all three of us had a nice set of visits and look forward to Thanksgiving when our entire family will be together at Sarah’s bungalow in Hollywood. We haven’t all four been together since May when Sarah graduated and went off to Brazil before starting her job and Dwight went off to South Africa for the summer! It will be a wonderful family reunion. Dwight dropped us off at the airport, drove off in his new car (with a smile on his face), and we headed home to the Bay Area.