Life is so bittersweet at times. Any parent who watches as their son or daughter backs out of the driveway to head back to college knows what I am talking about. The satisfaction of what they are accomplishing, the pride in who they have become is balanced with the broken-heart and empty sinking feeling that comes as you watch the tail-lights disappear around the corner. The melancholy that grabs you each time you walk past their bedroom is tempered by the thrill and excitement of a visit to campus for a ball-game, an awards ceremony or a parents function.
This past weekend we traveled up to Columbia to spend some time with our oldest son JD who is a student at The University of South Carolina. The touchstone of the trip was the Sigma Chi Parents Cocktail and Derby Days Philanthropy Gala to be held at the Lacy House on the grounds of the Governors Mansion. We anticipated a fabulous night, and we weren't disappointed. The evening was brimming with great food, good company and some proud papa moments. The seven-piece dance band with a full horn section provided Motown Classics and Beach Music to keep us dancing under the stars. As the evening came to a close our son invited us to meet in the morning for bruch, he said he had the perfect spot picked out.
We were looking forward to brunch and figured that he was taking us to a standard breakfast joint that a Sophomore in college may be attracted to, you know, like an IHOP or Waffle House, but we were still impressed with the invitation. We picked JD up at the Sigma Chi House and as we crossed the Congaree River leaving the skyline of Downtown Columbia and headed into West Columbia JD directed that I turn onto State Street, and up ahead on the right I saw our destination, Cafe Streudel, a rather smallish and narrow looking building whose facade resembled an old bank building, mainly because that is what it was in it's former life.