Well, I did it! I mailed off a tuition check this morning to the School of Fashion Design in Boston! I'm not enrolling full time -- just taking Clothing Construction I and Pattern Drafting I so I will be in town two mornings a week and will continue to work/teach on one other day a week.
It's a bit intimidating. If I had signed up for nights or Saturdays I may have had a shot at being with people like me. But weekdays! I will definitely be old enough to be everyone's mother -- possibly grandmother!
The anniversary of my father's death was yesterday and I did a lot of thinking about him as I wrote that check. Whenever we shared with him some wild scheme about what we wanted to do in life, he never pointed out the pitfalls. He always said that in five years we would still be five years older, whether we did the thing we wanted or not. With that sage advice, I bit the bullet and mailed the check. I am sure I'll be the only 57 year old in the class. But, I am so excited to begin learning from the beginning -- sewing, drafting , draping, sketching -- can't wait!