Ella is just finishing up Ithaca College Summer Music Academy. Two weeks this time, because she's in the high school division now. I was scrolling through their photos on Facebook, and had to do a double take at this one to make sure it actually was Ella. She looks astonishingly grown-up. I mean, what the heck. Do you see it too? I've told her before that she is quite capable of functioning in the world without me, and this is just confirmation of that (although she assured me on the phone that she's missing my cooking because the dining hall vegetable situation isn't great. Oh, she knows the way to my heart!)
We're heading to Ithaca tomorrow to pick her up and for the finale concert. We sit through a lot of concert dreck, but this one promises to be pretty good, because there are be a ton of talented teens there who actually plan to make careers out of their music. We might even find ourselves enjoying the musical theater division if we're lucky.