He announced his decision a month ago - he's deferring for a year. He double-checked with his college choices and all allow deferrals and even let him keep his scholarships. So it seems there's no harm in delaying. However, in making his decision, he sort of missed the part that he couldn't continue just to sit in our home, eat our food, get laundry done, etc. The compromise is that he could move to our condo in the mountains and get a job, then besides his living expenses, he would have to pay us enough to cover our costs. Mountain living isn't cheap so fingers crossed this works for him, but seriously, is this a lucky kid? The town is nestled over to the right at the base of the mountain.
The town of Frisco is absolutely charming (although maybe not so much for a teenage boy).
There are so many activities - hiking, fishing, skiing, biking - and then tons of community activities. All of these towns have to cater not only to tourists, but also to a large number of young people who come in to work at the mountain resorts. He's been a musician his whole life and there are multiple community bands. He loves to play the card game, Magic, and there are multiple groups of young people who gather to do that. It's going to be a good year - after he gets over the tough transition of living on his own.
He moved this weekend.
Last week, when we made a last trip up to haul out our personal stuff to make room for his life, I left a card behind for him to find that first day on his own. I got the WPlus9 set Encouraging Words when I was planning on sending regular cards to him in college. I wanted to create mountains scenes for him to feel closer to his home in Colorado. But it turns out that this set is absolutely perfect to encourage him in his new life in the mountains.