Our one and only teen left this morning for an "Outdoor Education" class, sponsored by Sahel Academy. He was excited and delighted - 3 days off school, exploring in a W. African game park with his buddies,... a trip away from home - and Mom and Dad! I remember my first trip away (I flew on a plane to Coco Beach, Florida to compete in a swim meet... and I was only 10 years old!) and that incredible sense of freedom. I know he's been looking forward to this and it has been fun to watch his growing initiative and responsiblity: he nagged his dad until he took him to the market to get a flashlight, washed his own laundry and packed his own bag without asking for help, made sure his room was picked up before he left (and I didn't have to say anything), made arrangements to have a snack made to share while on the trip (and then he left it at home this morning... oh well, he's still a young man in the making...).