The geographic orbit of the Webner clan will tighten come January.
Richard told us yesterday that he will be working next semester at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The University of Missouri apparently requires students getting their Master’s degree in journalism to have a professional internship in the last semester of their second year, and Richard will be fulfilling that requirement at a fine newspaper in the Steel City. Russell, meanwhile, moved into his new lodgings in the Detroit area yesterday. He’ll be starting work toward his MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art on Monday.
So, after years of Richard hundreds of miles to the west and Russell hundreds of miles to the east — each honoring the unwritten but apparently ironclad “no parents within 8 hours driving time” buffer zone — our family circle will shrink spatially. With Richard and Russell each in a neighboring state, we’re looking forward to seeing them more often, and the fact that they will be located in interesting places we haven’t had a chance to explore yet makes the prospect all the more enticing.
The world is a big place, and New Albany, Ohio is just one tiny spot on the globe. As parents, we want our children to dream big dreams and then try to make those dreams a reality. That means having the independence and self-assurance to go out on their own and move far away if necessary as they pursue their passions and interests and work to build careers and lives that make them happy.
We understand this, intellectually — but our hearts tug in the opposite direction. It will be wonderful to have the boys a bit closer to home for a few months.